A DRAMA SKETCH ON INSUFFICIENT BOARDING FACILITIES
A Drama / Sketches was Organised by Students in the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipality to come out with problems that they faced in their schools
The problems for the sketch / drama were:
Insufficient food for students;
Teachers carrying their problems to class;
Insufficient boarding facilities with emphasis on few rooms to accommodate students.
In three groups, the actors demonstrated the effects of the problems on teaching and learning in diverse ways, For example:
Insufficient food for students makes them dull in class. Some pilfered while others chased men for money to keep them going.
Teachers’ private problems affected their teaching methodology and thus made students timid in class, caused them to dropout, or misbehave. Only few students could endure the harsh atmosphere to complete school with flying collars.
Insufficient boarding facilities especially inadequate space created congestion in the boarding house. That caused diseases like cough, chicken pox and other contagious diseases or ailments. Other problems were fighting over space and the little amount of water available.
Those sketches/drama, made most students aware of the harmful problems facing students that needed to be addressed urgently in Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality only..
FAWE Ghana want to extend the Drama /sketches to other schools and is therefore humbly appealing for support to broadcast it on National Television for most students in Ghana and Government Officials be aware of the the problems students face.
GIRLS EMPOWERMENT REPORT SEXUAL HARRASSMENT Sexual harassment was defined for the girls as intimidation, bullying and/or coercion of a sexual nature or an unwelcome or inappropriate promise of reward in exchange for sexual favors. Sexual harassment exists in school; an example of such misconduct is when a teacher fails a student in her exam for refusing to be his girlfriend. STRATEGIES FOR DECISION MAKING/ CRITICAL THINKING Ms. Emma Hammond also gave a special talk on strategies for decision making and critical thinking. She took time to explain to the girls, the processes involved in decision making. According to Ms. Hammond, a critical thinking is the use of the mental faculty to achieve set targets in life. She said, in aspiring to accomplish their future goals, they have to think critically because every decision made in their life has an impact on their future goals. STRATEGIES FOR DECISION-MAKING Mrs. Hammond, Assistant Director of the National Service Office, offered insight to participants on some strategies for decision-making. She used a participatory approach by asking girls why and how they make certain choices; taking action, making up mind to achieve a purpose. She mentioned key factors that affect one's choices in the decision-making process. MANAGEMENT OF SEXUAL MATURATION Mrs. Theodora Daaku, a member of FAWE, taught students about the process and management of sexual maturation. She further explained that as they grow into adolescence their bodies also grow accordingly. According to her, as their bodies develop they begin to secrete certain fluids which they need to manage properly. She elaborated on ways and means by which the adolescent girl can manage developing feelings and emotions since maturation is often accompanied by sexual feelings. She advised the girls to abstain from early sex by getting involved in religious activities. In response to one of the questions of the participants, she said that menstrual cycle does not determine the sex of one's future children. She concluded by advising participants to say a BIG NO to sex at this stage of their life because those boys they see as "burgers" have nothing good to offer them but STDs and pregnancy. She later divided the participants into different groups. The various groups were given specific issue to tackle. Each group was allowed 30 minutes to plan and extra 40 minutes for the presentation. DISCUSSION OF GROUP PRESENTATIONS The group presentation section was very exciting and educative as the various leaders in the groups presented boldly the efforts of their groups. Mrs. Stella Nanor discussed ways of maintaining healthy relationships between teachers and students. At this juncture, Mrs. Miriam Akorkor continued from where Mrs. Nanor concluded. She mentioned pride, unfairness, harassment amongst others as areas that create unhealthy relationships between individuals. She spoke about an individual's multiple roles in creating healthy relationships. CLOSING The chairperson of FAWE, Dr. Esi Sutherland, brought the workshop to an end By first congratulating all facilitators and also advised the participants to put everything learnt to practice.
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