The National Executive Member and President of the Queen Mothers Association in Savannah Region, Kansawurche Bukari Ajara, has admonished parents to be responsible for the upkeep of their children to offer them the needed parental protection.
She said parents who neglected the upkeep of their children exposed them to abuse, stressing that most young girls were abused sexually in society as a result of parental neglect.
Addressing a stakeholders meeting at Sawla held on Monday, May 23, 2022, by the Center for Active Learning and Integrated Development, (CALID), an NGO in collaboration with Queen Mothers Association on the quest to get this policy to get girls in the Bole and Sawla- Tuna-Kalba Districts back to school after restrictions of Covid-19 were lifted by the Government.
She noted that the rise in cases of teenage pregnancy in the District and the Nation in general could be attributed to parents who had left their young daughters on the streets to fend for themselves.
She said that such a situation could negatively affect their future development since some men always took advantage of children without parental care and control to rape or defile them, often leading to unwanted pregnancy.
In a welcome address, the Director of Center for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID), Mr Mohammed Awal Sumani, said girl child education is actually an important gender issues that calls for a critical engagement.
He mention among others challenges facing the implementation of back to school including parents who are not ready to release the children to school, stigmatization on the part of students after some have given births.
He called on all participants to directly influence the process to get these girl’s back to school.
Speaking at the stakeholders meeting, the girl-child Director for Sawla-Tuna- Kalba District, Madam Sankaraa Esther, said everyone has a role to play as in teacher, parents and community in ensuring that girls who dropped out as a result of Covid- 19 are sent back to school.
She said parents should pay much attention to their children feeding as this is the one of the reasons affecting the progress of the child.
She added that the tailoring and other other handiworks are learn outside are also in school and if you want your child to learn those trade should let them go to school.
She encouraged mother’s to take of their children, adding that if the child after education will not take care of you but will not burden you with her children and for that reason instead of investing the money on material things invest in your daughter’s education
Madam Esther also pleaded with father’s to pay attention to their girl child by spending more time with them in their teenage age in order to take control of her reasoning to avoid teenage pregnancy.