Tamale, June 19, GNA - Mr Timothy A. Akanpabadai, the Regional Operations Manager of World Vision, has called on government to enforce child rights laws to protect children from abuse.
He said there is need for government to put in place appropriate policies to address child rights abuses in the country.
Mr Akanpabadai made the call during the celebration of the Day of the African Child.
The Day was instituted to commemorate the 1976 massacre of Soweto children, who took to the streets to demand their right to a racism-free education, in the then apartheid South Africa.
The Day of the African Child was also instituted to strengthen national child protection systems and also to create an environment where families have economic opportunities to ensure children’s protection, education and health.
The event was held under the theme: “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for all children in Ghana by 2030”.
Mr Akanpabadai said parents and other stakeholders need to support government to improve on the lives of children by assisting them to realize their basic rights.
He called on all stakeholders to partner with government to improve the quality of life of vulnerable groups, by strengthening local structures, promote and ensure fairness and protection of children from abuse.
Mr George Baiden, the Country Director of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), said there is need for government and law makers to ensure that children are empowered through education to become good leaders.
This, he said, would help address poverty saying, “Government will need to provide the economic foundation, which will help fight poverty, provide infrastructure and ensure that efforts made are effective”.
Alhaji Abdul Razak Sani, the Northern Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), called on the public to collaborate with government to promote the rights of the child and protect them against all forms of abuses.
The event was organised by UNICEF with the support from World Vision, ActionAid, CCFC, Camfed, Right to play, Plan Ghana, RAINS and Department of Children.