The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is urging the government to declare a state of emergency in regions impacted by the Akosombo dam spillage, highlighting the potentially dire consequences for education.
Thomas Musah, the General Secretary of GNAT, expressed concern that the flooding may lead to students being compelled into child labor and other harmful activities, with some girls at risk of early pregnancies. He emphasized that during difficult times, schools are sometimes repurposed for these activities, disrupting the normal teaching and learning process.
Mr. Musah underlined the gravity of the situation, stating that once students are drawn into child labor, it becomes challenging to bring them back into the educational system, and the repercussions on education could be overwhelming.
GNAT is calling upon the government to promptly provide support to the displaced students, including temporary shelter, food, and access to education. The Akosombo dam spillage has displaced numerous individuals in Ghana, including many students, and has resulted in damage to schools and other educational facilities.
While the government has initiated support measures for flood-affected individuals, GNAT emphasizes that further action is required to safeguard the education of displaced students.