By Maxwell Okamafo Addo
The Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has called on the youth in the country, especially girls to take their education serious and aspire to attain higher goals in life.
She said, they must not let people discourage them from focusing on their vision, because the future is in their hands.
Mrs. Amissah-Arthur, was speaking at the opening of the 2014 Annual National Girls Camp in Accra, under the theme, Aspire To Inspire: Empowering Girls for Community Development on Friday August 22, 2014 at the Achimota Basic School in Accra.
The ten-day camp is being organized by Action AID Ghana in collaboration with the Girls Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service.
She charged the girls to take advantage of the opportunities given through the camping to inspire their peers back home.
She called on the girls to serve as role models in the communities by helping to fight indiscipline acts, such as littering of the environment and poor sanitation in their societies.
She noted that the girls must be encouraged to speak the truth because this is what would take them far in life.
She stressed the need for the Organizers of the Camp to instill religious discipline in the girls in order to shape them for the future, because good behaviors would help them as young girls to succeed in life.
Adding that one can have quality education but if you are not confident, follow bad friends, and peer pressure in school you would not succeed,
She said the national girls camp have generated a lot of interest in many girls who look forward to the exciting learning experiences at the camps,
The Second Lady, used the occasion to congratulate Action Aid for the good job that they continue to do for the country in such area and also for coming up with such a brilliant idea by camping the young girls as an organization effort to promote assertiveness, self esteem and confidence among girls and to reduce marginalization, discrimination and vulnerability of girls in school.
Some of the personalities that Action Aid used as resource persons and as role models were; Mrs. Angela Dwemena Aboagye ,Director of Ark foundation , Gifty Anti, The President of The Girl in need foundation and Last year’s winner of Ghana’s Most Beautiful ,
Ms Gifty Anti, President, The Girl in Need Foundation, urged the girls to seek knowledge and motivate their mates back in their communities.
She urged them not to worry about their circumstances but to take advantage of the chance offered them and make use of it.
Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman, Country Director, Action AID Ghana, on his part noted that, the National Girls Camp started in 2001, as the organization’s effort to promote assertiveness, self-confidence and leadership skills among girls and that stated that the 160 girls, who are attending the 2014 National Girls Camp, were selected from deprived communities in six regions .