The National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE with support from UNICEF has begun one of its flagship programmes,dubbed 'Project Citizen'with special focus on child marriage for the year 2017.
Child marriage continues to confront Ghana especially in remote communities and villages where young girls are forced into early marriages. This canker if not checked, will be a pain that Ghana will struggle to cure.
UNICEF has over the years supported the Commission in this sensitisation and this year's engagement with young adults n communities where child marriages are prevalent is no exception.
In all, six districts from six selected regions across the country are benefiting from this year's programme.
The programme starts on the 4th to the 14th of July, 2017. The Project Citizen concept allows young pupils and students to brainstorm on solutions to problems in society.
Pupils especially the girl child must be given the chance to influence social change and impact on national development hence the NCCE-UNICEF 'Project Citizen' platform to empower children on a critical issue such as child marriage.
Today's opening, took place at Takoradi in the Western Region. Assakae JHS emerged winners of a competition on the concept and were followed by Whindo MA JHS, Kwesimintsim MA JHS, New Takoradi STMA JHS and Kojokrom Sacred Heart JHS in that order.The Chairman of the NCCE, Madam Josephine Nkrumah was at the event and witnessed the competition among the Civic Education Clubs. Child marriage is a societal problem and a social canker which needs all hands on deck to surmount.
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