By Jerry Azanduna, GNA
Bawku (U/E), March 8, GNA - Parents have been urged to make children’s welfare and development a priority and fight against child exploitation, trafficking and other abuses that hinder the development of the child.
“Children should be seen as assets and provided with the necessary security that would aid their development”.
Mr David Pwalua, the Director in charge of Programmes at Afrikids, said this during a capacity building workshop on child development, organized by Afrikids-Ghana, a non- governmental organization working to promote child welfare in the Upper East Region.
Participants at the event included teachers, health service providers, the social welfare and Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
They were taken through the various provisions of the Children’s Act, child welfare policies and human trafficking among others.
Mr Pwalua said the programme, which would run for two years, focuses on aiding social actors to identify all forms of child abuse and find lasting ways of stopping them in society.
He said the training is to ensure that participants are well equipped with skills on the subject to enable them identify all forms of child abuse and the steps to take to deal with it.
He said preventing child abuse was paramount to child survival and urged all adults to make efforts to ensure that dehumanizing acts against children were halted.
Mr Pwalua called on the participants to use the skills acquired at the training to protect the rights of children in the communities.
Mr Zibrilla Azuug, a facilitator at the training, said children especially the girl-child was the most vulnerable in society hence the need for their protection.
He urged the participants to serve as ambassadors to children’s rights and called on the public to join in the effort so that the fight against child abuse would be complete.
Madam Matilda Abolga, the Girl-Child and Gender Officer at the Bawku Municipal Education Directorate, urged parents to pay particular attention to the needs of all their children especially the girl-child.
She said monitoring and supervision of their children’s activities both at home and in school was very important to ensure the development and wellbeing of the child.
Madam Abolga advised girls to focus on their studies since it was the only thing that could transform them into responsible adults.