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Child rights laws need enforcement – Akanpabadai

By
Comfort Sena Fetrie/ Mbugri Rashid, GNA

Tamale, June 19, GNA –
Mr Timothy A. Akanpabadai, the Regional Operations Manager of World Vision, has
called on government to enforce child rights laws to protect children from
abuse.

He said there is need
for government to put in place appropriate policies to address child rights
abuses in the country.

Mr Akanpabadai made
the call during the celebration of the Day of the African Child.

The Day was instituted
to commemorate the 1976 massacre of Soweto children, who took to the streets to
demand their right to a racism-free education, in the then apartheid South
Africa.

The Day of the African
Child was also instituted to strengthen national child protection systems and
also to create an environment where families have economic opportunities to
ensure children’s protection, education and health.

The event was held
under the theme: “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities
for all children in Ghana by 2030”.

Mr Akanpabadai said
parents and other stakeholders need to support government to improve on the
lives of children by assisting them to realize their basic rights.

He called on all
stakeholders to partner with government to improve the quality of life of
vulnerable groups, by strengthening local structures, promote and ensure
fairness and protection of children from abuse.

Mr George Baiden, the
Country Director of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), said there is
need for government and law makers to ensure that children are empowered
through education to become good leaders.

This, he said, would
help address poverty saying, “Government will need to provide the economic
foundation, which will help fight poverty, provide infrastructure and ensure
that efforts made are effective”. 

Alhaji Abdul Razak
Sani, the Northern Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic
Education (NCCE), called on the public to collaborate with government to
promote the rights of the child and protect them against all forms of abuses.

The event was
organised by UNICEF with the support from World Vision, ActionAid, CCFC,
Camfed, Right to play, Plan Ghana, RAINS and Department of Children. 

GNA

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