August 30, 2021 7:54 pm

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through the Department of Children commemorated this year’s National Children’s Day on Monday, 30th August, 2021.The day was commemorated under the theme: “ROLE OF COMMUNITY BASED STRUCTURES IN PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN.”

The National Children’s Day was instituted on 31st August 1979 by the Government of Ghana as a key initiative to seek the general welfare and development of children in the country and to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children.

In her welcome statement, the Ag. Director for the Department of Children, Mrs. Florence Ayisi Quartey assured children that the Ministry will continue to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure the protection and promotion of their rights.

Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the Sector Minister, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, the Chief Director for the Ministry, Dr. Afisah Zakariah indicated that through the support of UNICEF, Child Protection Committees have been formed across the country to deliberate on community specific issues affecting children and propose best fit intervention for such problems.

“These Committees which are located in the districts are expected to collaborate and cooperate among themselves so situations that are common along specific work lines can be identified and analyzed.” She said.

Dr. Afisah Zakariah also noted that the Ministry through the Department of Children launched the first Standard Operating Procedure (ISSOP) for Child Protection and Family Welfare which contains the guidelines, tools and forms for casework and management. The ISSOP according to the Chief Director also details the minimum standards for the management of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children across sectors.

She made a passionate appeal to all parents to direct their efforts towards educating their children and protecting them from all dangers.

The Chief Director thanked stakeholders for their continuous support to ensuring that the rights of the Ghanaian Child is protected.

The UNICEF representative in Ghana Anne-Claire Dufay stated that UNICEF will continue to partner the Ministry as well as relevant stakeholders to create an enabling environment to ensure that there is zero tolerance of violence against children.

The National Children’s Day is celebrated each year to recognize the essence of the establishment of Government’s machinery for addressing issues of children.

Source: MoGCSP