Mrs. Gloria Temmah Gambrah, the Oforikrom Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has underscored the need for female teachers to take up leadership positions, especially within the structure of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).
She said when women assumed such positions, it would help address all forms of discrimination and stereotyping that militated against the progress of female teachers.
Additionally, it would ginger other women to strive for excellence, while achieving greater heights in the teaching profession.
“As female teachers, you have the responsibility to present the female perspective, advocate for change and continue to push forward the agenda for women for quality educational delivery,” she stated.
Mrs. Temmah Gambrah was speaking at the 5th Ashanti Regional Roundtable for the Ghana National Association of Teachers Ladies Society (GNATLAS) in Kumasi.
The meeting held on the theme: “GNAT at 90: The Female Teacher as an Anchor in Advancing the 21st Century Unionism”, was aimed at deliberating on past events and strategizing for stronger bonds among the society members in the Region.
According to the MCE, the importance of GNAT as a workers’ union in the educational sector could not be over-estimated, adding that, teachers were one of the key stakeholders in education delivery.
Therefore, they should establish harmonious working relations with the government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four, which encompasses inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning for all.
Madam Lily Otoo, a Gender Coordinator for GNAT, advised female teachers to be decorum in their appearance, particularly in the discharge of their duties.
This is important since most children looked up to them as role models, she explained.
The GNAT Gender Coordinator encouraged teachers to upgrade themselves, seek for continuous professional development and become positive forces for effective service delivery.
Madam Phyllis Sarah Oduro, Ashanti Regional GNATLAS Coordinator, urged members of the Association to be resourceful.
It was expected of them to use the skill training acquired from the various empowerment programmes to generate extra income for themselves and their families.