Pupils from selected basic schools within the Jema community in the Kintampo South District of Brong-Ahafo Region, on Thursday marked this year’s National Children’s Day celebration with a call on adults, especially politicians to ensure peace before, during and after the December polls.
The children in a communiqué, read by Lois Boahemaa and Abubakar Osman of the Modern Preparatory and Pramposo DA J.H.S, respectively, at the event at Jema noted that, “we frown on any group of persons who want to foment trouble or cause mayhem. Ghana is our home and we will not feel safe at any other place like Ghana. What happened in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya is history but the lessons are with us today. In the event of conflict it is we the children and our mothers who would suffer”.
The communiqué mentioned that child marriage, poor parental care, negative peer influence, corporal punishment in schools and at home, female genital mutilation (FGM), and child labour affected the wellbeing and development of children, especially the girl child.
It expressed support for programmes that intend to reduce violence against children.
The event was jointly organised by the World Vision International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and the Department of Children and on the theme, Election 2016; Protecting the rights of children in Ghana.
The participants marched through the principal streets of Jema displaying placards with inscriptions such as end teenage pregnancy now, end violence against children and end child marriage among others.
The National Director, World Vision Ghana, David Purnell, said his outfit was collaborating with state institutions to improve the welfare of children.
According to the Mr Purnell, the NGO had helped in providing water and health facilities to some communities.
The Kintampo North Municipal Chief Executive, Justice Michael Baffoe, expressed worry that Ghanaian children were getting less than they deserved.
He praised the NGO for their effort to end or reduce all practices affecting the development of the Ghanaian children.
From: Daniel Dzirasah, Kintampo