This book explores the Trokosi cultural practice in
south-eastern Ghana and its consequence on girls''
education from the perspectives of inclusion and
exclusion. The Trokosi is a traditional cultural
practice in which a virgin girl is sacrificed to a
shrine to atone for an offence committed by a family
or a relative; meaning the girl is not the offender.
The minority of the Trokosi girls who are redeemed
from the shrine after payment of ransom by their
parents are partially included in modern education.
As a traditional system, the Trokosi is immersed in fear.
The book also highlights the Trokosi system based on
strong traditional belief and due to its efficacy the
proponents of the system uphold it and socialize the
Trokosi girls into accepting it; thereby accepting
their destiny. The traditionalists believe any move
to abolish the system implies destroying their
customs. The Ghana government, representing modernity
is based on scientific principle of rationality,
banned the practice by law but finds it difficult to
implement the law. Thus both the Trokosi girls and
the government are caught in between tradition and
modernity as regards inclusion and exclusion in
modern education. This implies that as long as the
government remains in dilemma the Trokosi girls would
be excluded from modern education or few would be