Stop violence against children. Poster courtesy UNICEF
Stop violence against children. Poster courtesy UNICEF

The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), a child-centred international development organisation, has urged nations to help keep children free from violence as a means of providing a better future for them.

Stop violence against children. Poster courtesy UNICEF
Stop violence against children. Poster courtesy UNICEF

The NGO made the call in Tamale during the dissemination of the ‘Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey’ report for 2015, an advocacy tool used by the Child Fund Alliance to raise awareness of its work for children and engender greater attention to issues affecting the world’s poorest children.

Mr Evans Sinkari, the CCFC Programmes Manager, speaking at the dissemination programme in Tamale, said an international survey of nearly 6,000 children identified home and school as unsafe places for them.

He said the survey also found that 63 per cent of children from developed countries were concerned about the risks of child abuse online, while one in five children from developing countries believed that education was key in keeping children safe from mistreatment.

Mr Sinkari said, “CCFC is deeply concerned about the statistics and we are calling on the global community to help find solutions by joining the conversation to free children from violence”.

Children between the ages of 10 and 12 years in 44 countries across America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific, were asked on their views on issues affecting their demography.

One-third of children in developing countries said adults could keep children safe by loving them more, a basic need which all parents had the responsibility to meet; while 24 per cent of the children said they would increase rules and laws including instituting stronger punishment for child abusers if they were leaders.

The survey also found among other things that between 91 per cent and 94 per cent of children in Ghana and Togo, respectively, said they were at risk of physical and emotional abuse in their homes, while 28 per cent of children in developed countries were at risk from the same harm in their homes.

Some of the school children present at the dissemination programme, in Tamale, expressed concern about the manner in which some teachers discriminated against some children in school and sometimes favoured other children during class exercises and examinations.

They also expressed worry about teachers taking undue advantage of them to beat them because some parents had asked the teachers to do so; a practice they stated was demoralising, and needed to stop.

GNA

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