Monday, August 3, 2009

Catholic Priest condemns gender discrimination

The Reverend Father Dr Paul Atta-Nsiah, Vicar General of the Konongo-Mampong Diocese of the Catholic Church, has raised concern about gender discrimination which, he said, was keeping many young girls away from school. The result has been the unacceptable high rate of teenage pregnancies and growing numbers of street children. He was speaking at the inauguration of Saint Mary's Girls Senior High School at Konongo in the Asante-Akim North Municipality. The ceremony was also used to raise funds to support the school, established in 2007, by the Church to help to promote girl-child development in the area.The Reverend Father Dr Atta-Nsiah said it was important that young girls were assisted to build self-confidence through education. He said it should not be lost on anyone that a reasonable level of education for girls would not only help them to become more assertive but also enable them to make quality contribution to the progress of society."Education has the capacity to foster development, awaken talents and empower and protect the rights of the girl-child," the Rev Father said.

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