SOS Children’s Village Tamale under its End Child Marriage Project held a training and sensitization workshop for club leaders of its child rights clubs. The event brought together 100 club leaders drawn from 20 schools within the Sagnarigu district of the Northern Region.
The three-day training was organized as part of programmes under the “End Child Marriage in Sagnarigu Now! a project funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiative.
The workshop educated, equipped and empowered the young leaders with adequate knowledge on child marriage, its causes and the role of the community in combating this social issue. Participants were also taken through child protection, sexual reproductive health and rights.
In an interview with the Project Officer for the ‘End Child Marriage in Sagnarigu Now Project’, Nadia Ali Dawud, she indicated that the purpose of the project is to build the capacity of young and old members in the community and empower them to prevent and end early child and forced marriage within the Sagnarigu district. It is also to build their self-esteem and group management skills. It is therefore the expectation that the young club leaders who received the training will impart the knowledge they have gained from the programme to their colleagues and members in their community.”
Speaking to the President of the Child Rights Club of the Sagnarigu Girls Model School in Choggu, Maureen Ocansey, she was glad to have been taken through the three-day training programme. “I have always wondered why child marriage is still prevalent in this time and age and therefore was very happy when I was invited together with my executives to attend this training. The knowledge I have gained within this short period is unbelievable and I will make sure I impart this knowledge to my club members who are not here” she said.