It is exciting that more and more Ghanaians have become interested in engaging in discussions geared towards the development and transformation of our country. The current discussion about Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a clear indication of how Citizens have taken ownership of their country and are shaping Government policy to help make our country a better place. It is a fact that we need a national consensus and support on every policy to have successful implementation. However, what worries me is that too many people, including highly respected personalities and intellectuals, are too quick to pass judgement and express preconceived opinion without sufficient information and misinformation.
In fact, according to Ghana AIDs Commission, whilst the rate of New Infections of HIV among Ghanaians has stabilized, Ghana has recorded an increase in infections among young people nationwide. There is currently an alarming increase in teenage pregnancy across the country, incidence of defilement, incest, force marriage, rape and other Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) are a daily occurrence. Girls are absenting themselves from school during menstruation due to lack of information and unavailable and inappropriate sanitary facilities. All these and many other issues render the investment we are making on our youth unfruitful. These problems have gone beyond prayers, religion, culture and politics. There is a need to have a coordinated nationwide strategy to respond and solve our problems as a country. As a Peer Educator, I have encountered several pregnant adolescents who had sex just because they were told it will enlarge their buttocks. Young girls are being raped and the perpetuators are not reported or dealt with because they are either too powerful or the victims do not know that rape is a crime. We are losing several young girls through unsafe abortions.
If these problems are not foreign, why do we think a well thought strategy to solve them is a foreign agenda. I have seen the realities of our country and I agree with the general consensus that we must protect the future of our country by arming our youth with the right information to survive in these turbulent times.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a curriculum-based method of providing age appropriate, scientifically accurate and culturally sensitive information to enable young people, in-and-out of school the knowledge, attitude, skills and values to make appropriate and healthy choices. This implies that just as a class one student is not taught detailed chemistry, a 6year old child cannot be taught to wear a condom, in fact there is no condom size for them. There is accurate and appropriate information for different age groups. The curriculum being Culturally sensitive also means that CSE in the UK or USA is different from our CSE in Ghana; we must stop drawing too much inference from the situation in other countries. Though CSE is an international term, the national guidelines is a well taught local solution to our local problems. Let’s look beyond the symbols and the preconceptions to discussions on the existing document.
As stakeholders, we must seek the right information about the guidelines. We have to engage in a patriotic discussion devoid of political lenses and accepting the existence of our problems. Only then can we reach a consensus on how to combat the challenges we face.
By; Caesar Kaba Kogoziga(0545510713)
A CSE Facilitator
UDS 22ND MATRICULATION CEREMONY
The joyous moment, knowing you will be officially admitted into a university. This was written boldly on the faces of all freshers as the gravitated towards the school auditorium with high speed (laughter).
On the 12th of October, 2019, the class of 2023 were officially matriculated.
This ceremony has actually taken place on all UDS campuses.
Before the ceremony began, Ecowas Hall and Savannah hall were with full energy as they walk the resident freshers of the hall. As a matter of fact, it was the first time seeing Ecowas Hall and Savannah Hall having ” JAMA” together. It was all love.
As early as 8am the Principal together with his subordinates processed in. After the procession the school anthem was sung
A prayer was offered by the various religious groups on campus, the Christians and the Muslims.
The Deans and their associates were also introduced.
Meanwhile, the registrar was represented by the campus officer.
Before the matriculants sworn the oath, the principal delivered a speech.
Upon his delivery, he congratulates the matriculants on the day.
He stated that, the matriculation marks the end of admission and the formal admission into the school.
You need to know the reason for coming to school and the need to achieve that purpose. He said.
In his submission, all admitted candidates were admitted upon certain merits. Addressing the congregation, this year had an increase in application, a total of 19,183 of which 9, 479 was admitted.
Prof. Luguterah, the Navrongo Campus principal went on further that, out of the total 9,479, 51.9% were males and 48.26% were females. This has shown a significant increase in female applicants and admission.
This admission include student into the faculty of mathematical sciences, faculty of applied sciences and faculty of earth and environmental sciences.
Furthermore, he ensured the matriculants that, security and safety on campus will be regulated to ensure the safety and lives of students on campus. Addressing the issue of the campus’ lighting system.
On the issue of sex for grades which was aired few days ago, showing some lecturers indulging in the acts, of which he the principal strongly stand against. He stated clearly that the management of the school will not take it lightly with any senior member of the university seen or caught indulging in such act. We further cautioned the matriculants to be very careful,as not to fall victim.
Before ending his speech, he announced that, the school would be renamed very soon as it attain autonomy.
He advises the matriculants to be good students and welcomes them to the UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.
As at 11am the matriculation ceremony was brought to an end after which the campus officer sworn every faculty into the school.
Another journey for the freshers, and we wish them all the best!
UG VANDALS THREATEN TO STAGE DEMO
Students of the University of Ghana’s Commonwealth Hall have threatened to embark on an intellectual walk should government fail to take action on their demands on issues of accommodation in the university.
Addressing the press on the perennial accommodation challenges facing the University, the JCR President of the hall, Prince Lumor acknowledged the Vice-Chancellor and the Government of Ghana’s response to their petitions, but demanded that further actions should be taken to address the issues raised in the document.
“We the members of the commonwealth hall Junior Common Room will be forced to go on an intellectual walk to drum home our concerns which otherwise should be the concerns of government and other relevant stakeholders. The passion to serve is accompanied by the desire to resolve issues and we shall implore every means to attain a positive result”.
Plans by Management of the University of Ghana to reintroduce a fresher’s first residential policy have also been met with stiff opposition by students of the Hall.
The JCR president urged the University to rather focus on partnering with private investors to construct hostels to augment existing ones.
“This proposal is intended to address the accommodation crisis on campus, we want to believe that this is just a mere rumor and does not contain any iota of truth but if it does then we humbly appeal that it should be aborted at its embryonic stage. This is because we do not understand why management will be tempted to think that when there are accommodation issues on campus, the best alternative solution is to displace the current students who are bonafide stakeholders of the university and make provision for those who are yet to become members of the University. We want to strongly suggest that the University of Ghana management discard such a thought from the very conception stage”
UG Accommodation woes
The University of Ghana has been battling with accommodation crisis in recent years with the situation getting worse each year.
MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION HITS UDS NAVRONGO CAMPUS
At 10pm yesterday, the SRC President of UDS Navrongo campus, H.E Raymond Otivi declared a state of emergency, stating that there will be a demonstration the next morning.
As it stands now, there is a massive heat on UDS Navrongo campus. The Ultimum ECOWAS HALL gave the administration is due and currently, demonstration is ongoing.
As a matter of fact, every lecture hall has been blocked including all entries to the school campus.
Addressing the group demonstration this morning, the SRC President stated that, UDS WA campus did the same demonstration and thier power has been restored. Hence the need to follow the same procedures.
For the past 3hours now, no lecturer or administrators of the school appeared. This clearly shows that, voices has been heard and results will materialize soon.
So far, the SRC President is positive of an immediate response. Atinka TV is the only media house reporting so far.
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