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Saboba: 65 girls impregnated during lockdown

The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has unquestionably bruised the education sector in Ghana.

The schools in the Saboba District in the Northern Region of Ghana are one place that has experienced the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The education of girls in Saboba was extremely affected due to the closure of schools by the government for nearly a year.

Consequently, the District has recorded 65 cases of teenage pregnancy between March and October 2020.

After the ban on schools was lifted, many of these girls have refused to go back to school.

As a result, the Saboba District Assembly through the District Chief Executive, George Bingrini, has put up its best efforts to ensure these girls get the education they deserve but it has yielded no results.

Out of the 65 cases of teenage pregnancy recorded only 5 of them have agreed to go back to school when schools reopened.

The District Assembly of Saboba with support from Oxfam and other partners have supported the girls who could not go back to school with hairdryers, sewing machine among others to help them develop a skill which can support them.

A total of 35 hand sewing machines and cutting machines were donated to 35 youth, 34 hair washing basins were donated to 34 youth, 8 industrial sewing machines, 4 hairdryers, and 60 irons were donated to the girls to undertake their identified skills training.

In an interview with, the District Chief Executive of Saboba, George Bingrini, said the Covid-19 pandemic has inflicted damage to the education of the girls.

"During the Covid-19, most of our school children particularly girls got pregnant and could not go back to school. Through the help of IDC and Oxfam, we were able to identify most of these girls and convinced some of them and they are gone back to school. Those who could not go back due to some other challenges are those receiving the items to engage them in skill training.”

He also stated that the District Directorate of Education has put in measures to avoid any such occurrences in the future.

He called on the people of the district to adhere strictly to all the Covid-19 safety precautions.

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