By Samira Larbie, GNA
Accra, Nov. 7, GNA - Mrs Marian Cobblah, the Head teacher St. Mary’s Junior High School, Manhean Anglican, has said there is the need for government to consider providing educational authorities the needed backing to enable them deal with domestic violence cases that come before them.
She said even though they go beyond the call of duty to assist pupils who are undergoing domestic violence in their homes, they also become targets in the communities they reside.
Mrs Cobblah was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency during a workshop organized by the Domestic Violence Secretariat of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, for head teachers and religious leaders on sexual and gender-based violence in Accra.
The training sought to keep stakeholders informed with the current trends of sexual based violence in the effort to fight the challenge in society.
Mrs Cobblah said the act of violence against women especially girls is a global concern and schools are faced with the challenge on a regular basis, hence, the need for government to support their effort.
She said with the necessary backing teachers would go all out to support vulnerable children and the future leaders of the country.
Mrs Cobblah advised all children and women who are undergoing domestic violence to boldly come out and report their concerns to trusted people for assistance.
“We need something we can quickly fall on in our distress call for assistance and prompt actions to be taken,” she said.
Domestic violence has unqualified negative effects on the economic, educational and health of women and girls this also affects the development agenda of the individual, family, society and the nation as well.
Ghanaians continue to witness a trend of violence in which some mothers have become perpetrators of violence beating their own children mercilessly while others have been reported to pour hot water and chemicals on children for minor offences.
This can also be linked to the rise in sexual exploitation and molestation of children by fathers, step fathers, teachers and other unscrupulous persons.