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.

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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.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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