“Promote welfare of children with special needs’

The Country Director of Standing Together against Child Abuse and Neglect (STANCAN), Mrs Georgina Boateng, has advocated a concerted effort by stakeholders to promote the welfare of children with special needs in the country.

She said such collaboration would ensure protection and wellbeing of such persons in the society.

Mrs Boateng made the call when she presented assorted items on behalf of STANCAN, United Kingdom (UK) non-governmental organisation (NGO), founded by Ms Elsie Owusu-Kumi, to the Dzorwulu Special School, in Accra, last Saturday. 

The items included sanitary pads, soft drinks, bottled water, toilet rolls bags of rice, sachets of water, gallons of soap and detergents and boxes of tin of tomatoes.

Mrs Boateng said STANCAN, which consist of a group of Ghanaian social workers, living in the UK,  sought to empower the less privileged by creating awareness of what constituted child abuse and neglect.

She said the NGO was equipping parents and professionals on child marriages, Female Genital Mutilation, children branded witches, child abuse and rape among others.

Mrs Boateng stressed the need to cater for the less privileged, to enable them contribute their quota to national development.

She said the NGO would liaise with policy formulators and decision makers, at both local and international levels, to promote the welfare of children, especially those with special needs.

Mrs Boateng commended the staff of the school for their dedication in ensuring that the less vulnerable in the society were catered for.

The Headmaster of the Dzorwulu Special School, Mr Fredrick Tetteh, who received the items on behalf of the school, commended the NGO for its gesture.

He assured that the items would be used for its intended purpose, and called on other organisation to emulate the NGO, to ensure that the less privileged in the country were protected.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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