May 14, 2021 5:32 am

In commemoration of this year’s International Day of the Family – on Friday 14th May, 2021- the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in collaboration with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have organized a symposium to mark the Day in Accra. The day was celebrated under the theme: Maintaining our Roots: ‘Strengthening Families in a Changing World’. The purpose of the symposium was to provide families and parents with tools to adapt towards integrating a healthy digital cultural capital within their daily family life. Addressing participants, the Ag. Director of the Department of Social Welfare, Dr. Comfort Asare on behalf of the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo said the family is the most important human institution because it is the basic and natural unit of society, adding that the family plays a critical role of perpetuating society through socialization of its members.

She went on to say that the success of countries has depended on the responsibilities of families: primarily developing, educating and socialization of children to become future leaders.

The Ag. Director noted that trends such as new technologies, demographic shifts, rapid urbanization and migration trends have dramatically shaped the world and affected family cohesion. Such trends according to her, calls for new strategies aimed at improving family cohesion and strengthen their protection roles in line with the legal framework.

Dr. Comfort Asare noted that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is implementing the Deinstitutionalization programme which refers to the process of reforming child care systems and closing down orphanages, finding families for children currently resident and setting up replacement families in non-institutional ways.

She used the opportunity to appeal to all parents to keep close bonds with their children and also guide them against social vices.

On his part, the Country Director for the Catholic Relief Services, Mr. Daniel Mumuni said new technologies continue to present challenges to parents over the world including Ghana. He noted that despite the multiple benefits of new technologies in our daily lives, the inability to manage the complexities at the family level is putting strain on both parents and children with the potential of changing the nature of families.

Mr. Daniel Mumuni announced that the Catholic Relief Services have begun working on family strengthening, expectant and new mothers, people at risk for irregular migration, under and unemployed youth and livelihoods in the Northern Regions. “All our programming compliments and supports the government and their capacity to work for a Ghana Beyond Aid.” He said. The Country Director called on families to celebrate their roots, support and care for each other.

Source: MoGCSP