children takin a lookSchool children in the Sunyani West District in the Brong-Ahafo Region have?urged the government and all stakeholders?to?ensure that all the provisions in the children?s ACT 1998 (ACT 560) and other international conventions such as UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child are fully enforced and implemented in Ghana to help create enabling environment for the development of the Ghanaian child.
The Children were worried over the ever increasing of child abuse, especially sexual abuse, child neglect??and maltreatment in the country especially in the Brong-Ahafo region??and called for stiffer punishment for the abusers to serve as deterrent to others.
These were contained in a six-point petition presented to the Sunyani West District Chief?Executive, Agnes Kusi for an onwards submission to the President, John Dramani Mahama for immediate action.?The petition sought to help create awareness on the increasing of child abuse in the district in particular and Ghana at large.
Reading the petition on behalf of her colleagues, the Spokesperson, Miss Rita Enyonam from Odumase Methodist JHS, referred to section 16 of the children’s act, 1998, which states that district assembly should protect children and therefore urged the Sunyani West District Assembly to ensure that all the provisions of in the ACT are strictly enforced and implemented in the district.
Miss Enyonam further urged the assembly to assist the Social Services Committee and other relevant departments to in the District to enable them sensitize parents on parental duties and responsibilities as stipulated in section 6 of the Children?s ACT 1998.
According to her, most parents neglect their basic duties of providing protection for their children against neglect, violence and abuse, adding that some also neglect their responsibility of providing for the welfare and education of their children.
She stressed the need for the National Commission Civic Education, Department of Social Welfare and other civil society groups to undertake child rights education and give voice to children
She also called on parents to be interested in the welfare and education of their children to complement efforts of government of providing accessible and quality education to all children to enable Ghana to achieve the target of the MDG 2.

The petition finally called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to ensure that social intervention programmes such as the school feeding programme, Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), Capitation Grant, the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP), free distribution of exercise books, Laptops and free school uniforms are expanded to benefit all students in the public schools as well as their colleagues in private schools in the country.


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