Fight against child-marriage yielding positive result in B/Ahafo

Some representatives of the communities

Some representatives of the communities

The fight against child-marriage and teenage pregnancy in some parts of the Brong Ahafo Region is yielding some positive outcomes following a two-year campaign against the menace by Action Aid Ghana in partnership with UNICEF.

 

The campaign has also increased the number of girls who are able to continue their education at the Senior High School (SHS) level, especially in the three districts, where it begun since 2015.

 

The three beneficiary districts in the region are Banda, Tain and Atebubu-Amanten while some additional communities in the Greater Accra, Upper East and the Upper West regions are also benefitting from the $300,000 campaign, which is expected to end by the end of this year.

 

At a media interaction in Sunyani on Monday, representatives of some traditional areas and Zongo communities from Banda and Tain narrated how the chiefs, queenmothers, leaders of Zongo and Muslim communities had been sensitised on the dangers associated with child-marriage and their resolve to sustain the drive to ensure that child-marriage becomes a thing of the past.

 

They said, following the intervention by Action Aid and UNICEF, more teenage girls who would typically have been pushed into early marriage against their will were now encouraged to rather aspire to greater heights in their educational pursuit.

 

The Brong Ahafo Regional Programmes Manager of Action Ghana, Madam Melody Azinim said the primary aim of the campaign was to end child-marriage in society and provide opportunities for the girls to fully develop their potentials and realise their dreams, and make meaningful contributions toward the development of the nation.

 

Nana Abena Boatemaa, Queen of Odomase Number One and President of the National Council of Women Traditional Leaders, advised parents to take keen interest in the education of their female children and offer all the necessary assistance that would encourage them to aspire to greater heights.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani

 

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