GFGF launches 5-year adolescent health project in Damang
The project, costing GH¢70,000 per year, is being implemented by the Ghana Education Service to achieve a 30% drop in teenage pregnancies in the Damang and Huni-Valley circuits in 2025.
Already, 294 peer educators in 24 schools in 10 communities had been trained to lead campaigns on adolescent reproductive health, menstrual hygiene, nutrition and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for young people in Damang catchment areas Mining.
It would also reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy among Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) students recorded over the years.
At the ceremony, schools received kits, including sanitary pads and workbooks to deepen young people’s knowledge of reproductive health issues.
Addressing the participants, the Acting Managing Director of Gold Field Ghana Ltd, Mr. Charles Kofi Nti said that the GFGF and adolescent health campaigns aim to sensitize students to be very careful about sexual activities, reduce teen pregnancy and other health problems. in the municipality of Prestea-Huni Valley.
He said the campaign was part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 and 4 which aimed to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages, as well as inclusive and equitable quality education.
It also aimed to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all in mining communities and to encourage teenagers not to be distracted by health issues or pregnancies and become school dropouts.
“The program is in line with our corporate social responsibility (CSR) to improve the education and health of members of our communities.
This is to reinforce the idea that our youth should be good students and disciplined Ghanaian citizens; that you will not let anything interfere with your future. We need peer educators to train their peers to reduce teenage pregnancy and even HIV and AIDS. Parents also have a role to play in monitoring their children at home,” added Mr. Nti.
Describing adolescence as a period of transition from childhood to adulthood, Prestea-Huni Valley City Director of Education, Mrs. MaryVida Kwofie said it was a dream come true, claiming that “in 2019, 45 of our students became pregnant, it increased to 69 in 2020 and in 2020 reduced to 55. In collaboration with the GFGF, we distributed books to peer educators to teach and train them even on STIs.
Launching the programme, Municipal Chief Executive of Prestea-Huni Valley, Dr Isaac Dasmani, urged young people to stay away from peer pressure, illicit drugs and school truancy, and stay focused on their studies to excel in their future career.