By Alfred K Dogbey
The Executive Director for community-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in the Western Region, Ms Adeline Adjei, has stated that educational institutions would not be forgiven, if they fail to promote and support Girl child education and women empowerment in the society.
The NGO, ‘Women Plight Network’, focuses its operations mostly in the rural communities, under the Prestea Huni Valley District of the Western Region to promote and support girl child, as well as the underprivileged women in the district.
Speaking to The Herald after a three-day tour of some communities to interact and make donation, Ms Adeline Adjei, indicated that the project was inspired by her desire to promote girl-child education, help the marginalised women and children in the communities to realize their dreams by way of breaking barriers, which hinder their progress.
Ms Adeline, who is native of Prestea Huni Valley District said, even though the organization was young and not resourceful it has spent over three thousand Ghana cedis so far, towards educational needs of children, including donations to women group to support their businesses.
Last year for instance, she said the organization, has supported the best female student in the 2013 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) with books and other learning materials.
According to Madam Adeline, women have roles to play in the governance process and, therefore, not be relegated to kitchen as cooks in future but rather, the need to promote girl child education and also support vulnerable women, as well as children in the society.
She said, vulnerable women needed to be encouraged to acquire handiworks and also learn trades that would help lessen their conditions, in order not to remain poor in the society.
Ms Adjei noted that, even though many women have aspired to attain greater heights, they are often restrained due to funding, limited opportunities and accessibility to Counsel.
Madam Adeline Adjei, gave the assurance that, the organization would appeal to corporate bodies and institutions, particularly mining companies in the region for sponsorship and resources to support brilliant but needy girls in the community.
The organization, ‘Women Plight Network’, according to the Executive Director essentially seeks to protect the welfare of women, widows and girl-child education in the rural areas.
Ms Adeline Adjei advised young girls to take their studies serious and prove to the male counterparts that indeed they are capable of doing what men can do.
She said urged parents to put in mind the popular quote “if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate a nation” as motivation to promote girl-child education.
Madam Adeline mentioned that her group would embark on various seminars and workshops to create awareness and educate them on their rights and encourage them to progress and attain high positions like the men.