CDA holds games to sensitize parents on child marriage

Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Bussie (U/W), Aug. 20, GNA – Community
Development Alliance (CDA), a child centered organisation, has used a game
competition among children to reach out to parents with the message on ending
child marriage.

The games which attracted over 600 children
and parents from Bussie and Tuori communities in the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa (DBI)
District of the Upper West Region include debates, gift shopping, balloon game
and dancing competition among others.

Mr Yussif Issifu Kanton, Executive Director
of CDA, said the message was to help parents to appreciate the child marriage
dialogue and learn how to prevent teenage pregnancies in their communities.

He said it was also meant to entertain the
children and promote the culture of learning that would contribute to improved
performance at schools.

He said the “End Child Marriage” campaign
which was being supported by UNICEF was based on available evidence in the 2014
Ghana Demographic Health Survey (GDHS) which indicated that one out of every three
girls in the Upper West Region would be married off before she attained age 18.

Mr Kanton said this meant that one third of
all girls in the region would miss out of basic education.

The Executive Director said this would
further worsen the already poor situation in the region and slow down the
progress of development.

So far the campaign has reached out to an
estimated 15,000 families across 30 underserved communities in four districts
of the region namely; Lambussie-Karni, Wa West, Nadowli-Kaleo and
Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District, he said.

Winners were in the games were presented
prizes including exercise books, pens and mathematical sets.


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