Ghanaian kids asked to dream big

Ms Naa Yarley Cudjoe, the ActionAid Ghana Project Officer and Facilitator at the Young Urban Women's Project Centre, has advised children to dream big and work hard towards it.

Children using internet
Children using internet

She said the only way young people could pursue their dreams and see them materialised is when they work hard towards it through studying well and not indulging in practices that they are not supposed to.

Ms Yarley Cudjoe gave the advice when she addressed students in the Ga East District at the end of a two-day ActionAid Ghana’s inter-schools talk programme on teenage pregnancy and early child marriage.

The annual programme, which was in commemoration of the International Day of the African Child saw the ActionAid Ghana engaging and encouraging young children mostly the girls in the Ga South and Ga East Districts not to drop out of school after pregnancy and also report incidence of child marriage.

She said “It is the ultimate goal of ActionAid Ghana to help make young ones especially the girl- child upright, know the implications of teenage pregnancy as well as make them feel comfortable for their future endeavours.”

Ms Yarley Cudjoe urged young children to allow themselves to grow saying “Feeling for sex is normal but it needs to be managed, we are growing and it is very normal the changes it comes with but please let’s learn to allow ourselves to grow,” she said.

The project Officer of ActionAid Ghana and Facilitator at the Young Urban Women’s Project Centre advised students to look at the positives in their lives, focus, build on it and delete the negatives.

She therefore taught the students about personal hygienic practices such as how to wash their vaginas without soap and other detergents but with only water and not inserting their fingers deep inside them.

There was a drama on teenage pregnancy by the Young Urban Women’s Group to educate the students on teenage pregnancy and its implications.

International Day of the African Child is celebrated globally on June 16, every year to honour those who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976.

The Day was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity.

This year’s International Day of the African Child was celebrated globally on the theme: “Protecting Child Rights.”


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