“There was a point in my life, I never had all I needed in school” Evelyn Adedokun, the leader for Women in Focus recounted the days she was in basic school. According to her, most school dropout cases have a link with emotional trauma from the school children not having all their basic needs at their disposal
“The emotional trauma kids go through when all their basic needs can’t be provided sometimes propels them to drop out of school.”
Researchers Saeed Adam, Dickson Adom and Asare Baffour Bediako conducted a study in October 2016 – Basic School Dropouts In Rural Ghana. The study with Asunafo South District in the Brong Ahafo revealed that poverty and child labour are the main causes of school dropout in Ghana.
These factors all link to what Evelyn Adedokun said. When the parents are poor, they can barely afford the basic needs in life and in school. As a result, it becomes almost impossible for them to compete with their colleagues. Emotional trauma takes over their being and they start withdrawing from school gradually.
Moreover, in an attempt to survive, some parents force the children to go and sell during school days. Sometimes, the children themselves indulge themselves in some minor activities that will fetch them money to cater for their needs. Eventually, the act consumes them and the passion for schooling dwindles.
Knowing the role emotional trauma plays in relation to school dropout, Evelyn Adedokun with her NGO, Women in Focus has stepped in to put smiles on the faces of the affected. In this month of June, she went to the Cable and Wireless cluster of schools at Bubuashie in the Accra Metropolitan district to redeem her promise.
“I noticed the sad looks on these girls upon my visit to their school and promised to contribute to their education since it took me back to memories. I went back and fulfilled the promise.”
Evelyn Adedokun believes that “education is a shared and collective responsibility of all and so education cannot wait.”