The Childs Rights International (CRI) a Non-Governmental Organisation in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), has launched this year’s Easter School for children at Koforidua, in the Eastern Region.
However, the major event which begins from April, 17 to 22, 2010 will take place at Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region, on the theme, “Child protection is a human right: Bridging the gap between rights and reality.”
The Executive Director of CRI, Mr. Bright Appiah stated that children who are the future leaders of Ghana should not be exposed to various forms of danger and inhuman treatment.
“It is a global shame and a tragic reality that children in the world over are subjected to abuse, violence, neglect, discrimination and exploitation that deprive them of the complete development of their full potential.
“Child protection is at the heart of this Easter School for children as it is central to preserving the dignity of children and to the realization of children’s rights in Ghana and the rest of the world,” he stressed.
Mr. Appiah bemoaned the imprisonment of children and other abuses meted out to them. Children unfortunate and cond…………………………
In a startling revelation, the Regional Director of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit, (DOVVSU) DSP (Mrs) Eunice Annor said the defilement, non-maintenance and abduction cases were “gaining grounds,” for the past three years.
She said that 159 defilement cases were recorded in 2008 as well as 189 and 16 in 2009 and February 2010 respectively.
DSP Mrs. Annor stated that the outfit (DOVVSU) would not relax in prosecuting men whose actions would be considered irresponsible and a threat to the well-being of children.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo whose address was read on his behalf, said that children had equal major role to play in national development and should therefore, not be left out in decision making.
“Development of children is not only for personal gains but for sustainability of progress. In all these processes of recognizing our non-negotiable responsibilities towards children, they should not be left out in decision making,” he said.
Mr. S. Okpoti Mensah, Eastern Regional Director of CHRAJ, who represented Justice Emile Short, Commissioner, called for pragmatic measures to ensure the complete protection of the children.