The celebration is on the theme: “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First.”
A statement issued by the Gender Ministry and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Tuesday said, Ghana had played host to refugees over the years and was currently host to some 13,000 refugees and Asylum seekers from different countries.
It said the Ghana Refugee Board was working closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Partners in assisting over 13,000 refugees with a child population of about 4,600, representing about 34 per cent of the refugee population in the country and ensuring that their rights, dignity and welfare were improved.
The statement stated that through agencies such as National Disaster Management Organisation and Ghana Refugee Board, children and their families from both Ghana and other nationalities had been supported to get back on their feet and emergency Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty had been given to victims of disaster to improve their welfare.
The celebration would also be linked to the World Refugee Day which comes off on June 20, and also the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
According to the African Union, humanitarian crises resulted from various factors or events such as natural disasters, man-made resulting from armed conflict, tensions or human actions.
As such, these crises often led to the violations of children’s rights as a result of vulnerable conditions.
These violations included non-provision of education, health or an adequate standard of living for children to enjoy their rights, and the effects of these violations may affect boys and girls differently and that children in vulnerable situations suffered most from these crises.
The statement said the government was doing a lot to create a conducive atmosphere for children to grow up in a protected environment in such situations and that, there was a very strong legal and institutional framework to protect and respond to situations of violence.
The Ministry has urged all stakeholders including parents, traditional authorities, community leaders, teachers, heads of all institutions which handle children and the general public to unite in providing protection to children.
“We must all unite to ensure that, even in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, the rights of children are adequately protected.
As a nation, we need to promote peace in our communities by upholding the rights of all children as entailed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the occasion of its 30years of ratification.”
The celebration of the Day of the African Child is a reminder for Africans to stand in support of the rights of children across the African continent.
It is also celebrated to commemorate the gallant children who marched in protest against the poor quality of education they received, and demanded to be taught in their own languages on June 16, 1976 in Soweto, South Africa.