Funds For School Feeding Inadequate — CHRAJ

Lauretta V. Lamptey — CHRAJ bossThe Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says the allocation of 50 pesewas to a pupil daily under the School Feeding Programme (SFP) is woefully inadequate and does not keep pace with the current economic trends in the country.

It also said the allocation of the amount was dehumanising and a sad reflection of the premium government placed on children.

Consequently, CHRAJ has urged the government to increase funding for the programme to an acceptable level within a year, and review the situation.

The Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Mr. Richard Quayson, made the call when he presented the highlights of the 2013 CHRAJ report on “the state of human rights in Ghana”, at the celebration of the International Human Rights Day, in Accra on Tuesday.

He said that the capitation grant per pupil per term which was less than GH¢700 was another sad reflection of the premium placed on children. “How do we expect the schools to provide quality education with such tenuous investments in their education.”

He also asked the government to take steps to review the grant per person per term to an acceptable level that is commensurate with the dignity and needs of the Ghanaian child.

Mr. Quayson said Ghana had a very long way to go in advancing human rights, combating lawlessness and fostering a culture of peace among the country’s growing general population.

He said Ghana must not be complacent for being praised as a peaceful nation in Africa.

“We need to redouble our efforts at eradicating poverty and entrenching a culture of respect for human rights to ensure that everyone in the country enjoys life in dignity and respect,” he stressed

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s message on Human Rights Day was read at the occasion by Mr. Dominic Sam, Country Director of the Untied Nations Development Programme (UNPD).

The message reiterated the UN secretariat’s commitment to be vigilant and courageous in the face of human rights violations, and called on states to fulfill their promises at the Vienna Conference.

December 10, was set aside as the ‘International Human Rights Day’ by the UN General Assembly in 1950, to bring to the attention of the world the universal declaration  of human rights as a common standards of achievement for all people and the nations.

This year’s celebration marked 20 years of the adoption of two key human rights instruments-Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and the Paris Principals on human rights.

The 2013 Human Rights day celebration also coincided with the 20th anniversary of CHRAJ and it was on the theme, “20 years working for youth rights”. By Linda Aryeetey


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