Partner In Health, an NGO has ended two days partnership coordinative meeting with Empower and Forfeit project stakeholders in Harper, Maryland County The meeting brought together some officials of Partner In Health, local authorities, youths and students.
Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Viola Karanja said the forum was aimed at sensitizing females in the county about the importance of education. He said since the establishment of the Empower and Forfeit in 2018, they have observed that many girls has dropped from school due to pregnancy; something which she noted is one of the major reasons for establishment of the E and F.
She explained that since the establishment of the program, it has been noted that the number of students dropping from schools has minimized in the county, though more awareness still needs to be done. The deputy director stressed that with constant awareness, more girls would continue to achieve the future goals.
Meanwhile, explaining more about the project and its activities, Madam Fatima Guindo said the exercise is mostly aimed at keeping girls in school and reducing the percentage of school dropout among female students due to pregnancy.
She explained that since the program took off, the percentage of pregnancy in the county has dropped by 12 percent over a period of time. She underscored the project expectations include guardianship, improving health care system, renovation of school facilities, where young girls would enroll to achieve their goals, among others.
Madam Guindo said Empower and Forfeit is not only limited to seeing females in school, but to remain safe in their academic sojourn. For his part, County Health Officer, Dr. Methodius George commended the Partner In Health family for the initiative, adding the E and F program will help in the reduction of the teenage pregnancy in the county.
By Patrick Mensah, Maryland County–Editing by Jonathan Browne