The organisation has also appealed for increased commitment and resource allocation by the government, international community, the private sector and the donor community to build the capacity of teachers to deliver on their mandate and effectively stop the alarming incident of CEFM across the country.
A statement signed by Mr Awal Ahmed, the Project Manager of RISE-Ghana, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said: “It is unacceptable that Ghana has one of the highest childhood marriage prevalence in the world, with 25 per cent of girls marrying before age 18.”
It said the Upper East Region sadly had the highest CEFM prevalence level of 50 per cent.
This figure, the statement indicated, depicted a clear link between education, poverty and child marriage, with high prevalence among girls living in low income households in deprived rural communities.
Girls in rural areas are three times more likely to be married before they are 18 years old, than girls who live in urban areas,” it said.
We, therefore, wish to use this occasion to demand more responsiveness and accountability from all stakeholders to empower teachers and build sustainable societies, by giving girls and teachers the needed education to end CEFM,” it stated.
RISE Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation, operating in the Upper East Region has called for renewed commitment by teachers and other stakeholders to end the phenomenon of Child, Early and Forced Marriages (CEFM) in Ghana.The NGO proposed strategies for girls’ empowerment, changes in social and cultural norms, legal reform and policy action through extensive public awareness as ways of ending CEFM.