The Government of Ghana is set to crack the whip on irresponsible parents and guardians who deny education to their children and allow them to engage in forced labour at the expense of their education.
The supervising adults of these children of school-going-age who are found loitering about during school hours would be held responsible and are going to be dealt with according to law for negligence and putting the future of their wards in jeopardy.
This is according to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba who made this known to the Parliamentary Press Corps after making a statement on the Floor of Parliament to commemorate the 2018 Day of the Africa Child.
The Minister indicated that the government is putting together a task force to carry out the exercise throughout the country to ensure that no child of school going age is left behind in education since education from kindergarten to senior high school level has been made free by government.
According to her, the exercise has already begun in the Greater Accra region with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly whom they are collaborating with to get rid of children who are being used by adults to beg for money during school hours and those who are made to engage in hazardous work and all kinds of work that endanger the future of these children.
Madam Otiko Djaba indicated that her outfit is in discussion with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to roll out the exercise in the rest of the districts in the country to ensure that these children are given a better future.
According to her, efforts would be made by government to properly integrate these children who would be picked up from the street corners and other places of illegal and hazardous work by sending those who are of school going age to school while some skills training programme would be arranged for those who fall outside that category.
This is an effort by the government to curb the incident of Child Labour, child abuse and Child trafficking and all forms of violence perpetrated against children by adults in the society according to the Protocols that the country has signed unto.
Ghana has been cited as one of the countries where issues of child labour, child trafficking and violence against children are still considered to be high despite the many interventions and many protocols that have been ratified by the country.
The theme for this year’s celebration of the Day of the African Child is: “Leave no Child behind for Africa’s Development.”
According to the Minister the theme highlights the need to ensure that no child is left behind in the struggle to reduce inequality, create opportunities and liberate the innovative energies of the youth.
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio