Be Vigilant Against Child-Kidnapping

ChildrenTeachers and parents have been asked to be vigilant in relation to the movement of children in order to protect them against child-kidnapping.

Mr. Frederick Wellington, a Research Officer at the United Cerebral Palsy, Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, said the role of parents, teachers and community members was critical in fighting child-kidnapping which has become a menace in neighbouring countries.

He made the call when he addressed the Sixth Graduation and Awards Ceremony of Christ Union Academy in Accra, under the theme, “Child-kidnapping — A new menace in the society.”

Mr. Wellington, who was the guest speaker, said one way of curbing child kidnapping, was vigilance and effective community policing.

He cautioned children to always move or play in groups, and avoid people who offer to lift them in their vehicles.

Mr. Justice Joe Appiah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma North Constituency, also advised parents to invest in the education of their wards to make them develop into productive adults, and competitive on the job market in future.

Mr. Appiah said giving children a strong foundation at the basic level was very important if they were to excel in their academic endeavours.

He commended the proprietor of the school, Mr. Emmanuel Kpetor, for establishing the school for the benefit of society, and urged teachers to be committed to their job.

He said in view of the economic challenges confronting the nation, parents should be prepared to make a lot of sacrifices in their children’s education to enable them grow to be responsible citizens.

Mr. Francis Joe Afuckah, headmaster of the school, said founded in 2000 with 47 pupils and four teachers, the school currently has 700 pupils and students from the crèche to Junior High School level, in addition to 30 teaching staff including trained and graduate teachers.


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