Female students in Salala District, Lower Bong County benefit three-day career training under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute or NDI. Benefitting schools include Martha Tubman, Salvation Army (John Guwans), Salala Lutheran School in Salala City, E. J. Yancy Elementary, Junior and Senior High School, Upper Room School, and many others in the district.
The training was organized and implemented by Representative Moima Briggs Mensah and a partner, Visionary Young Women Leadership or VYWL and funded by the NDI.It is aimed at encouraging females to stay in school despite the challenges they are faced with while pursuing their education. It is also geared toward exposing them to various career opportunities after their high school education to fulfill future dreams.
Over 1,000 students started the training from October 31 to November 2, 2018 at different locations including Salala City, Totota and Zeansue, respectively.The VYWL members (all females) lectured the students about several professional careers and subjects at university level to become professionals.
Some of the careers are Mass Communications, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, Public Administration, Accounting, Informational Technology and Nursing, among others.Speaking to reporters after the program in Totota- Salala District, Representative Mensah said often, many young women are vulnerable to a lot of things and thinks it is necessary to mentor them thru guidance and education.
She expressed delight in partnering with young women who are peers to the beneficiaries to have spoken to them about what path to follow in life that would govern them to become better persons in society and contribute to national development.
According to the female lawmaker, she chose female students this time around because in most cases, they are faced with lot of problems, leading them to drop from school.Representative Mensah emphasized that when students are told what to do while in school, many of them will not fall along the way, adding that training is a continuous process that will last for the next six years of her leadership.
She stated that the program will help the students in knowing the value of education, which will encourage them to help their parents instead of being burdens on them.Madam Mensah said within the next six years, she wants to see young women competing with young men in the district.
She cautioned parents to stop subjecting their girls to becoming women before time and instead, support them to become better adults that would make them proud, noting that some parents compare their children with other children who become early bread winners of their homes.
She appreciated the Visionary Young women Leadership for impacting so much professional knowledge into the students.A member of the VYWL, Angelique Myers, who served as one of the facilitators, expressed optimism about the process and her delight in interacting with the young female students.
According to her, the girls have touching stories ranging from violence to sexual harassment that she said could be turned around.She narrated that they were focus on ways to mend the situations of the girls by encouraging them to still in school regardless of their challenges.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi–Editing by Jonathan Browne