Meet the Legon student hoping to end child marriage in Upper East region


A level 100 student of University of Ghana, Patrick Attankurugu, is on an ambitious project to end child marriage and teenage pregnancy in the upper East region of Ghana. Patrick, who single-handedly founded the Challenge to Change Foundation (CCF), in few years ago is seeking to banish teenage pregnancy in the region through education.

 Patrick in an interaction with revealed that he wants to end child marriage in his region and spread to other parts of the country in the next five years. He also indicated that his foundation is currently operating in two districts; Bawku West district and Bongo district but hoping to add more regions next year.


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“We are hoping to expand to other districts within one year of operation. So after we obtain our results, assess our performance, then we add some more districts,” Patrick Attankurugu said. Young Patrick in his conversation disclosed that he was forced to start the foundation due to the alarming rate of child marriage and teenage pregnancy in the Upper East region.

“The fact is I didn’t have plans to start this foundation at all. But when my sister got pregnant, and these girls are such that, once they get pregnant, they find every means possible to terminate the pregnancy and in the end, risk their lives and that of the unborn child. So I started the foundation,” he said. He also added that his foundation is making progress by getting support from some community members, district assemblies and Ghana Education Service.