The Osu Mantse, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, has called on parents not to invest only in the welfare their own children, but also others in the society.
According to him, it was time parents and the society sought the welfare of children and stopped blaming government for everything, including the welfare of their children.
He said this at the annual stakeholders meeting of the Street Academy held at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, last Friday.
Nii Dowuana said parents were busy trying to grab everything for themselves while neglecting the wellbeing of their children, which should, instead, be their uttermost priority.
He expressed concern about the level of indiscipline among the youth, saying, “nowadays, the attitude of parents have become very appalling since they do not allow others to correct their children when they go wrong which was not the norm in time past. They rather attack people who try to correct their wards.”
“This attitude has resulted in the falling moral and educational standards in today’s children,” he said.
The Osu Mantse said “the welfare of children in the society is a collective responsibility and not that of the government alone,” and urged parents to widen their focus so as to locate vulnerable children in the society and assist them.
He commended the partners of Street Academy for giving a helping hand to the academy, and called on other institutions to come on board to assist the institution.
The Board Chairman of the Academy, Rev. G. K. Kutu, said the academy’s objective was to ensure that the children at the academy were trained to acquire basic literacy skills which would enable them gain admission into the formal education system.
He explained that the role of the academy does not end when the children enter the basic schools, but “we follow up to ensure that they are sustained in the schools and are provided with the basic learning materials”.
He said plans were far advanced to assist those who could not make it in the formal education to learn a vocation of their choice so that they could live meaningful lives in future.
Rev. Kutu appealed to the stakeholders and the general public to contribute towards the survival of the academy and also continue supporting the children.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu