Youth unemployment has risen since 2014 due to slower growth caused by a fiscal crisis and lower global prices for Ghana’s gold, cocoa and oil analysts say.
However, some experts say there is more to it than unemployment.
“They have a vision of what it’s like to be at home with a baby and keeping house for their husband, but the reality is that they’re now saying, if I didn’t have a baby, I could be out with my friend.” Linda, pictured with her two-week old daughter, says "it's not fair" that she has had to drop out of school while the baby's father has been able to continue his education.
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Florence told her she didn’t really understand the information she was told about birth control in sex education classes so had failed to use it.
Nyani says Florence fell pregnant in her first year of junior high school to a young man who, noting she was fearful of walking home from school in the dark of the evenings, offered to walk with her.
And, it’s women bearing the brunt of those consequences – young women.
The consequences come by way of a small, swaddled, very alive and very demanding infant and, for most, a lifetime of disadvantage.
Linda fell pregnant to her high school boyfriend and dropped out of school to have her daughter, Jennifer.