Mrs Anorkplim Nukunu- Woanyah, Project Officer of Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), a Non-Governmental Organization, with an orientation towards youth education, reminded them that Ghana’s statutes put the age of criminal responsibility at 12 years making children in that age bracket liable for criminal prosecution and subsequent conviction.

She was addressing students of selected Junior High School New Juaben Municipality at separate events at Koforidua, which formed part of an awareness creation programme rolled out by the NGO to educate children and the youth on their rights and responsibilities.

The Trinity Presby JHS at Adweso, Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) JHS at Asokore and Methodist JHS at Effiduase, were the schools.

The programme receiving funds from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), has “Promoting Child Rights and Responsibilities: Our collective call to action”, as the theme.

Mrs Nukunu-Wanyah said, as part of efforts to continuously educate the children, the NGO has developed relevant information on children’s rights and responsibilities, which can be assessed through telephone text messaging by texting the short code “YBF to 1900” on all networks, she indicated.

Madam Gertrude Nsiah, Community Participation Coordinator (CPC) at the New Juaben Municipal Education Office, advised children below 18 years not to allow themselves to be influenced by anyone to register as a voter – an act which is outside the law.

She noted that, the persistent watch of foreign programs on television and the wrong things copied from social media, has contributed to indiscipline among children and advised parents to take responsibility to train and spend quality time with them through good mentoring to enable them to become good future citizens.

Source: GNA


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