The 10th Annual Girls Camp organized by Action Aid Ghana was officially opened in Accra last Friday.
The 10 day camp aims at encouraging adolescent girls to develop their self esteem, have aspirations for life and motivate them to continue their education is on the theme “Empowering Girls Through Education: The Role of Information and Communication Technology.”
Speaking at the opening, Mrs. Marilyn Aniwa, the chairperson of the event, expressed delight that the Annual Girls Camp which had become the flagship programme of Action Aid, the main sponsor of the camp.
She said the theme for this year’s camp was significant because of the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
“The application of ICT as a tool for effective enhancement of learning, teaching and education management covers the entire spectrum of education, from early childhood development through primary, secondary, tertiary and further education”, she added.
She, however, bemoaned the limitation of ICT in Ghanaian Schools.
Mrs. Aniwa said that though ICT could have negative consequences effects it was still powerful for empowering adolescent girls in terms of learning.
The chairperson therefore called on the government to strengthen the laws on the use of the internet so that internet service providers could minimise its negative effect.
She encouraged the girls to keep striving for excellence and advised them to make the best out of the camp.
Mrs. Matilda Bannerman-Mensah, Director of the Girl Child Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service in an interview said that the main objectives of the camp was to bring girls of different backgrounds together and inspire them to learn hard to enable them to aspire to greater heights.
Mrs. Dorothy Konadu, an Education Policy Advisor of Action Aid International, advised the girls to continuously update themselves through reading and listening in saying, “You have the print, electronic media and the social media at your disposal, make good use of them to improve upon yourselves”.
The camp ends on September 2.