International Needs Ghana (INGH) has officially launched a project to contribute towards ending child marriage in Ghana titled “Protection, Empowerment and Community Action against Child Marriage’ (PECACEM). The project was launched at Gomoa Ngyiresi in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region of Ghana. 16 communities are participating from two districts; Gomoa West District and Mfantsiman Municipality. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is funding the project.
The Head of Programs of International Needs Ghana, Mr. Cromwell Awadey, noted that research conducted revealed that child marriage was high in Ghana with statistics indicating that the Central Region of Ghana had a prevalence rate of 31%, way above the national average of 27%. He said poverty and teenage pregnancy were some factors that accounted for child marriage and encouraged parents educate their children and warned that giving children out into marriage was a crime punishable by law.
The Chief of Gomoa Ngyiresi, Nana Kwesi Esoun III was happy his town was going to benefit from the PECACEM project. He lamented that there were no women role models who hailed from his town and was pleased the PECACEM project would educate people especially women to aspire to higher laurels in future.
Nana Kwesi Esoun III led a community declaration to end child marriage and pledged his support to ensuring the success of the PECACEM project.
School children from Adaa Ngyiresi D/A School performed a sketch to portray the ills of child marriage and encouraged parents to invest in their children’s education. They also thrilled the gathering with beautiful cultural performances.