September 1, 2021 5:19 pm

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the Human Trafficking Secretariat, UNICEF, Plan International Ghana, World Vision and GACA held a one-day community dialogue with stakeholders in Jumapo in the Eastern Region on Tuesday, 31st August, 2021.

The aim of the community dialogue was to galvanize support for community based structures in the country for effective protection of children.
This formed part of activities outlined by the Department of Children to commemorate the 2021 National Children’s Day celebration.

Mrs. Florence Ayisi Quartey, Ag. Director for the Department of Children on behalf of the sector Minister, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, said ‘sustainable child development, protection and resilience to shocks’ is only achievable through the development of the role of key community members and groups. This, she explained will help in the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation, and improvement of initiatives meant to change children’s situations.

“In view of this, we will continue the use of community based structures such as the chieftaincy systems, traditional health and justice systems, traditional social units, family systems, district and local authorities amongst others to provide entry points into the community and offer opportunities for interaction, co-ordination and delivery of responses to development challenges and day-to-day needs facing children in the communities”, she noted.

The Children’s Department Ag. Director indicated that the Ministry will continue to improve upon programmes and and other social protection interventions such as Free SHS, LEAP, School Feeding Programme, NHIS in the communities towards the advancement of the rights of the child.

However, Mrs. Florence Ayisi Quartey advised parents to participate fully in all community engagements towards protecting the right and liberty of children.

On his part, the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Seth Acheampong noted that the National Children’s Day offers the opportunity for stakeholders to promote and advocate for the rights of all children.

“It is for this reason that the 1992 Constitution established the rights of the child and also provided the framework for the enactment of appropriate legislation to protect the rights of children.”

He called on NGOs, CSOs, traditional leaders to enhance the significance of child protection in their various communities.

Pupils from the Jumaso Primary and Junior High Schools appealed to parents to build stronger communication relations with children as this will allow them to freely share problems with parents at all times.

Source: MoGCSP