by Nayab T.
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:46 PM
Mr. Peter Maala, the Upper West Regional Coordinating Director, has indicated that troubles regarding child safety and welfare need to be a concern for each responsible member of the society.
He stated youngsters had been subjected to numerous sorts of abuses, which include child labor, which turned into inimical to their holistic development and well-being.
Mr. Maala, who's the Chairperson of the Upper West Regional Child Protection Committee, stated this at the primary sector assembly of the Committee in Wa on Thursday.
The assembly was to, among different things; develop the 2021 work plan for the Committee as well as to chart powerful methods of making sure that children had access to critical offerings amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citing child labor as one of the abuses youngsters go through withinside the Region, Mr. Maala found that a few parents, with the notion of educating their wards in apprenticeship, ended up exposing the children to risks.
The Director said that such parents did not think about the terrible effect of these works on the lives of the youngsters considering their ages and abilities.
“Some parents will inform you they're schooling their youngsters in order that they'll take over from them. They don’t consider the age of the kid.
“These are issues which are nagging, in coaching the child, do you consider the risks you are taking her or him thru?” Mr. Maala queried.
He, thus, advised participants of the Committee to take an important examine such issues to make sure youngsters had been adequately covered and made to experience their unalienable rights.
Madam Matilda Chieh, the Upper West Regional Director of the Department of Children, noted that the Department, with aid from stakeholders together with Plan International Ghana, was running to make sure that infant-focused rules together with the Child and Family Welfare Policy had been completely implemented.
The Committee found with a challenge that a few parents had been pushing their youngsters into apprenticeship instead of encouraging them to be in school, specifically throughout the COVID-19 school closure.
It said it was an extreme mission in getting such youngsters back to high school as they have had a few flavors of conducting a few sports together with petty trading and apprenticeship.
Mr. Christopher Asiedu, the Acting Upper West Regional Director, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, underscored the need for the Committee to think about the cultural values of the society in advocating child safety and rights.
He stated there has been also the need for media practitioners and reporters to be knowledgeable on the best methods of reporting on issues regarding youngsters, in order not to reveal the kid to risk via their reportage.
The multi-stakeholder committee, comprising authorities groups and departments, safety groups, and Non-governmental Organisations, turned into to make sure effective child-centered policy coordination and issues concerning child safety.
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