By Elizabeth Ofosu, GNA
Accra, Sep. 14, GNA - The Ark Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation for compassionate care and social action has launched a sensitisation programme to help raise the awareness and educate students on child abuse.
The Schools Sensitisation Programme seeks to help teachers and students to understand the concepts of physical, emotional and sexual abuse; as well as help them learn the behaviours and signs of abuse.
Mr Rex Delanyo, the Programmes Coordinator of the schools programme, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, said students will also learn what constituted abuse, how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse, and where to seek help.
Mr Delanyo questioned the society’s perceptions and attitudes towards discipline, saying that the emotional and physical abuse of children is generally accepted as “discipline and it is, therefore, necessary to begin questioning such perceptions and attitudes that society uphold.”
The sensitisation programme has so far been implemented in eight schools in the Greater Accra Region namely: Kwabenya Senior High School, West Africa Senior High School, Holy Trinity Senior High School, Osu Presbyterian Senior High School, St. John’s Grammar Senior High School, Achimota Senior High School, Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, Madina Senior High School, and Faith Baptist Junior High School.
“Throughout the campaign, we interacted with about 120 teachers and 3,500 students, who asked a lot of critical questions. It was discovered that some students were being abused by their teachers and their fellow students, while some teachers were being abused by some students.
Likewise, some students are being abused at home by their relatives, and therefore, need assistance,” he stated.
The questions have been compiled and will be presented to Volunteer Counsellors at the Ark Foundation, adding that sensitisation programme would be replicated in selected schools throughout the country, he added.
The Ark Foundation is a human rights organisation with a primary purpose of providing compassionate care for the vulnerable in society, especially women and children.