Once a year, before the final examinations, the SYC organises an information event for the pupils – the finalists’ summit. Additionally the SYC was active in other areas this month.
The compulsory education in Ghana extends from elementary school to junior high school, which goes up to the 9th grade. Only those who receive good grades in the final exams can subsequently attend senior high school. But in a rural area like Saboba, many students don’t have that ambition, but rather want to stay at the family farm and would thus miss out on the chance of better education and jobs.
In June, it was once again time for the final examinations at the junior high schools. To help students alleviate test anxiety and tell them more about the different opportunities open to them after graduation, the Saboba Youth Center held its annual Finalists’ Summit in Saboba. 697 pupils from twelve schools received information on the course of the examinations, testimonials and recommendations from teachers as well as suggestions on which career paths are open to them. We wish you much success!
The Finalists’ Summit was the most important event in SYC’s calendar in June, but by no means the only one. At the end of the month, several volunteers were in several communities around Saboba to educate on two issues that are of paramount importance to the children and young people of the region: vaccinations and children’s weddings.
The vaccination campaign specifically targeted hepatitis B in this case. Over a thousand children who had not been vaccinated were tested. For those who tested negative, the vaccine was rescheduled. The families of children who had already been infected were informed about the dangers and treatment possibilities of the disease and a first medical care was provided.
Unfortunately, arranged weddings with underage children, especially girls, are still widespread in northern Ghana. If a girl is married when she is a child, in most cases she will lose her chance of living a self-determined life, for at the latest she is forced to drop out of school when she becomes pregnant. For years, the SYC has been working to draw attention to this issue and to drive directly to villages where such weddings occur.