The Chief Executive Officer of Social Initiative for Literacy and Development, SILDEP Moses Dramani Luri says Ghana’s educational curriculum is not responsive to the current needs of children especially girls.
He said too much emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy at the expense of skills development and training.
Mr. Dramani Luri was speaking at the opening of week-long girls’ camp for one hundred junior high school girls at Wa in the Upper West Region.
Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has expressed unhappiness with the breakdown of cultural values in some African societies.
The NGO said the lack of respect for the elderly in society, the blatant disregard for community rules and regulations, lack of interest in learning the local languages and increase in negative social vices on the part of the youth were not only affecting the moral fiber of society but were also hindering efforts at realizing development goals.
Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) has blamed the increasing number of unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions on lack of access to family planning and safe abortion services in the country.
The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has therefore appealed to government to legalize safe abortion and broaden the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cover family planning services to make such services available and easily accessible to all across the country.
A research conducted by Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) has revealed that a total of 3,473 teenage pregnancies were recorded in the Upper West Region in 2016.
Out of this, 61 of them were defilement cases, a predominant practice in the Wa West, Sissala East and Sissala West Districts which recorded a total of 1,074 cases.
Child prostitution is beginning to show its ugly head in Tumu in the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region as some basic school girls have formed peer groups and engaged in prostitution.
Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), a non-governmental organisation, is implementing a five-year project dubbed “Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA)”.
This is to help address issues of child marriages in the Upper West Region.
The Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), has observed that a significant progress in the fight against child marriage could contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by half.
A translated Sissali Bible has been launched in Tumu in the Sissala East District with a call on the people to use it as a spiritual material and for their intellectual transformation and spiritual growth.
Out of the more than 6000 languages in the world, only 500 have Bibles translated into their dialects. This means that the Sissali Bible has put Sissali into the membership of a very exclusive group of languages worldwide.
The Sissala Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) in collaboration with SNV have carried out an assessment on the implementation of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region.