The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asante Akim North, Mr Francis Oti Boateng has appealed to chiefs and community leaders to join calls demanding the individual protection and welfare of children in their respective communities.

According to him, protecting the rights of children and paying attention to their needs was a pre-requisite to safeguarding their future, growth and development.

Speaking at a multi-stakeholders’ forum at Agogo, Mr Boateng, said community leaders had the responsibility to ensure that children were properly brought up.

The forum, which was under the theme “end child marriage now, it takes us all”, was organized by World Vision Ghana (WVG) to dialogue on issues of early child marriages in the district and communities and develop strategies to curb the menace.

Mr Boateng commended WVG for its leadership role in advocacy to end early girl-child marriages in the district and said the Assembly would strengthen its partnership with it to ensure an end to the menace in the area.

He said the Assembly was already implementing initiatives that sought to bring pregnant girls back to school after delivery.

The objective is to ensure that all girls continued and finished their education.

Mr Joseph Kwogyenga, the Sekyere East Cluster Manager of WVG, said the forum was to seek consensus from all stakeholders to end early child marriages while promoting respect for the right of children in rural communities.