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Government will remain committed to the welfare of children – Minister

By Samuel
Akapule, GNA

Bolgatanga, Aug. 3, GNA – Mr Rockson Bukari, the
Upper East Regional Minister, has given the assurance that the government will
remain committed to the welfare of children.

He said the establishment of the Ministry of
Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Regional Child Protection
networks nationwide with the support of UNICEF attests to the fact that
government was committed to the welfare of children.

The Regional Minister said this at the 20th
anniversary of the Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) held
in Bolgatanga,on Thursday. 

He said the first six and the sixteenth Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) that Ghana was committed to, focused on poverty,
ending hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and
sanitation and peace and justice which were all related to the development of
children.

Whilst commending the GNCRC for forming community
based organizations in all the regions to promote the welfare of children, the
Regional Minister entreated parents to go back to the extended family systems
which he said ensured the proper upbringing of children.

Barima Akwasi Amankwaah, the National President of
the GNCRC, said one of the major aims of the Coalition was to ensure that equal
opportunities were given to each child irrespective of sex, age, race, and
geographical location, and education, cultural and religious background.

He said his outfit with support from development
partners including the European Union and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Plan International Ghana have implemented many interventions over the
years, geared towards the empowerment and protection of children throughout the
country. 

He cited the Juvenile Justice Project where the
Coalition worked together with the Child Rights International and Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Assemblies to ensure that children who come into
conflict with the law are protected.

The Coalition together with the Plan International
Ghana and the Defiance for Coalition Ghana 
implemented the Girl Power Project, with support from the Dutch Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, to sponsor the vocational skills training of some young
women and men in the Upper East Region.

“In September 2015, the Coalition with its own
resources educated and sensitized CSOs and NGOs on the family welfare policy
including over 100 media personnel, all geared towards the protection of
children and their welfare. The GNCRC can also boast of 10 regional active
child rights clubs”, the National President said.

He said challenges such as teenage pregnancy,
forced and child marriages, child trafficking, child labour, weak justice
systems among others were inherent in the society adding that the Coalition
would not relent in its efforts to mobilize resources to build the capacity of
stakeholders to help tackle the menace.

Naa Issah Ibrahim, the Regional President of the
GNCRC, said the Coalition which was formed in the region in 2010 has seven
active member organizations that have been working to fight child rights abuse
as well as support the implementation of the new child and family welfare
policy. 

The event, which was on the theme: “SDGs for All Children
in Ghana and Africa as a Continent: Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and
Equal Opportunities”, attracted many stakeholders from the Department of
Children, National Commission for Civic Education, Department of Social Welfare
and Community Development,CHRAJ, traditional and religious leaders. 

GNA

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