November 18, 2018 9:16 pm

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Hon. Cynthia Morrison, on Saturday 17th November, 2018 chaired the celebration of the ‘2018 International Students Day’ in Accra.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “No Child Left Behind – Everyone’s Involvement”.

This year’s commemoration seeks to put at the forefront discussions on children’s rights in the context of attaining the SDG 4 and other related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Addressing the participants, Hon. Cynthia Morrison said the theme for this year’s celebration was very vital as it called on everyone’s (including students) active role in the development of children.

According to the Honourable Minister, the call to play an active was necessary because worrying data new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show that there are still about 262 million – or one out of every five – children, adolescents and youth between the ages of 6 and 17 out of school.

“Every year, thousands of children are trafficked and/or kept out of school to do menial jobs and especially in the case of young girls, for cultural reasons. The International Labour Organisation estimated that more than 100 Million Girls between 5 and 17 years old were involved in Child Labour in 2004. The World Day against Child Labour in 2009 highlighted the situation of the girl child recommending that special situation of girls be taken into account when designing responses to the worst forms of Child Labour. 25 million child marriages were prevented in the last decade due to accelerated progress, according to new UNICEF estimates. However, over 150 million girls likely to marry by 2030 according to the same report. In Ghana, the number of girls in child marriage is decreasing but the decline shows inequities. The percentage of decrease amongst girls who have ever attended school is greater than those who have not. Currently data available show that 1 in 5 girls were married before the age of 18 compared with 1 in 3 girls in the 1990s.”

“Since taking office in January 2017, the Nana Akufo-Addo led government has reinforced the implementation of the existing policy of Free Compulsory Basic Education (FCUBE) and successfully introduced its flagship policy of Free Senior High School education in Ghana. In the first year of implementing the policy alone, 358,205 students were enrolled in public Senior High Schools, representing 83.9 per cent of qualified students, an improvement of 75 per cent from that of 2016”, Hon Cynthia Morrison revealed. 

Speaking on efforts made her Ministry, the Hon. Minister stated that MoGCSP has been at the forefront of the fights against child trafficking, child marriage and child labour, and abuse which affect their growth and development.

“The fight against all forms of child labour and exploitation requires collaboration and concerted efforts by all stakeholders.”, She concluded.