Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Heather Cameron, has stated that the choices girls turning 15, make will determine whether Ghana is going to achieve the Sustainable Developmental Goals.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio at an Interactive Theatre session organized by the Canadian High Commission on Forced Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy, she said, the choices girls make in terms of how long they stay in school, when to have their first child will ''fundamentally affect whether Ghana is going to achieve the SDGs.''
She opined that, when girls stay in school longer and have a child later, it reduces poverty and the rate at which young mothers transmit poverty to their children.
Heather Cameron gave the assurance that, the Canadian High Commission will increase its focus on young girls in Ghana so they move forward.
‘’If Ghana is going to achieve the SDGs, the choices girls in particular make, girls that are turning 15 right now; their choices, when to have their first child, how long they stay in school, will fundamentally affect whether Ghana is going to achieve the SDGs because we know if girls stay in school longer, and have a child later, the chances of poverty being transmitted to their children, are greatly reduced, and so we are really going to increase our focus on girls over the next fear years, and help to support the great young women here in Ghana and help others move forward,’’ she said.
Canada she said has been a long standing partner to Ghana and ''all the way through our work; we’ve really put a lot of attention to improve the situation of women and girls who are spending less time collecting water, able to go to school more often and we’ve been really pleased to help support entrepreneurs both male and female here in Ghana.''
According to her, there are so many young people with talents that needed support and the Canadian High Commission, will continue to support the youth.
The Interactive Theatre performance was staged by Act for Change, a non-governmental organization located in James-Town. The performance through the use of touch-tag, allowed the audience profess solutions to the challenges identified in the performance.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty.
The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals.
Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.