More than 90 pupils of the World Hope International School at Amasaman in the Ga West municipality were last Wednesday sensitised on how to detect the tricks and other criminal activities of kidnappers.
The programme forms part of initiatives by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), an NGO made up of journalists, lawyers and human rights advocates, to end all forms of human rights abuses in the country and beyond.
According to the HRRG’s Executive Director, Mr Joseph Kobla Wemakor, the move was part of the outfit’s project work to sensitise students in some selected schools across the country on three critical issues namely: kidnapping, teenage pregnancy and tramadol abuse.
He explained that the project which was in its pilot stage, focused on demystifying the phenomenon of the recent kidnappings and helping equip students, especially girls with the right information to safeguard themselves against any form of exploitation.
Mr Wemakor said the so-called kidnappers among others used bare pranks to lure their unsuspecting targets, usually girls who had fallen victims recently in many ways.
Mr Saviour Kugbesika, an English tutor of the school, a beneficiary of the programme observed that the HRRG team had executed a remarkable exercise to the benefit of the participants.
He stated that media channels were their only source of information on issues of kidnapping among others which they were often not too sure about, until they heard it from the HRRG team.
“We used to hear of it on the radio and the TV, but we are now aware that it is real, so I believe as the education goes on, things will change,” Mr Kugbesika stressed.
The proprietor of the school, Mr Omoro Addy, commended the HRRG team for the gesture shown them saying, “We’ve all learnt a lot including the teachers, myself, the kids and everyone and we’re looking forward to you for the continuation of this programme because the issues of kidnapping, teenage pregnancy and drug abuse among others are pressing issues Ghanaians are battling with.”
He appealed for the support of well-meaning Ghanaians to help procure a bus to ease the plight of the children.
BY DAVID TAKYI