Wa East District 39 basic school girls pregnant

Twenty-eight cases were recorded within the same period in 2016.

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Thirty-nine (39) basic school girls have been impregnated in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region in the first half of 2017.

The figure is against 28 recorded within the same period in 2016.

Mr. Evans Kpebah, Wa East District Director of Education, revealed this during the “Let Girls Learn; End Child Marriage Campaign” launched at Funsi by Community Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana), with funding from STAR Ghana under the Gender and Social Inclusion programme window.

The project is aimed at ending the practice of child marriage while enabling girls to pursue their educational and vocational aspirations.

READ ALSO: Central Region records over 5000 teenage pregnancies in 2016

A total of 10 communities is to benefit from the implementation of the project in the district.

Addressing the stakeholders’ forum, the District Director of Education noted that, Child Marriage and Teenage pregnancies were the biggest challenges of girls’ education in the District.

Gurumbelle; a farming community in the district accounted for nine out of the 39 pregnant school girls within the first half of 2017, Mr Kpebah noted.

He argued that the lack of support for relevant stakeholders to ensure that the perpetrators are punished was making the situation worse.

READ ALSO: 18,441 teenage pregnancy cases recorded in 2016

He, however, expressed hopes that the launch of the campaign in the district will reverse the situation.

On her part, Madam Mercy Dakogri, the Gender and Social Protection Officer for CDA said the project would collaborate with District Assemblies, Ghana Education Service, chiefs and queen mothers to “drive change in social, cultural and religious norms by working through existing structures”.

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