Mary Essuman is my name. I am fourteen (14) years of age and am a member of the PAAJAF Foundation also known as Nkabom. I am writing an article on Child Education.
In fact, some may ask what is meant by child education. Child Education is the process a young human, from their birth, goes through. The teaching and training of their mind and character to gain knowledge to achieve his or her aims in life. In Ghana, our level of education is very low and there are many reasons for this.
Poverty is one of the factors why the level of child education is very low. Some people don’t have money to send their wards to school, so they send them into trading, selling on the street or hustling. They become streetwise, sometimes girls become pregnant and their lives are miserable.
Some villages have no school buildings. They study under trees, the lucky ones study under tents. Some parents and guardians don’t even see why they must send their children to school. Some don’t understand the importance of school. In the olden days girls are not allowed to be educated for a variety of reasons. Girls were supposed to stay in the house and cook while only boys were allowed to go to school to help them to get good jobs. Only a few Ghanaian girls were educated.
Others try to send their children to be educated but are not able to provide them with the school materials they need. Some schools don’t have a computer laboratory when studying I.C.T and so children cannot do practical work. They also don’t have science laboratories to perform practical experiments. Some schools don’t have materials such as pairs of compasses, dividers or blackboard rulers for teaching mathematics.
Above I have listed various points that make education low in Ghana. If the government and other NGOs helped it could make child education in Ghana move to higher level.
First of all let me talk about poverty: the government and NGO’s must provide public schools so that parents who are poor can send their child to school without having to pay school fees. Those who sit under trees can also benefit and during the rainy season they can come to a school building. Better still if they build a school for that village for the children to come to even in the dry season.
Secondly, the government and NGOs must tell society why child education is important. They must tell them that, if children go to school it will help them to achieve their aims and they will also be able to read and write. The government must also educate parents about Dr Kwegyir Aggrey’s ideas, that if a man is educated it benefits one person but if a woman is educated the whole nation benefits. So I am pleading with the government ministers and NGOs to educate parents and children bearing in mind what Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey said.
Thirdly, I would like to plead with the government and NGOs to do their best and visit schools in Ghana and provide them with the materials teachers need to use in teaching. Material like pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, exercise books, note books, school bags, especially to the needy who don’t have these items. I suggest that government should enforce the law to improve child education in Ghana.
ACCRA – GHANA