Justina Paaga, GNA
Cape Coast, Aug. 13,
GNA – Mr Emmanuel Nyarko Tetteh, a child protection specialist with the
Compassion International Ghana (CIGH), has called for the implementation of all
Child Protection Laws in the country to protect the rights of children.
He noted that there
are beautiful laws pertaining to child protection, but they are not being
effectively implemented thereby giving way for people to abuse children.
“When it comes to
child protection Ghana plays a major role since it is among the first to
rectify UN resolution on Child Protection, “he said.
Mr Tetteh made the
observation during the opening of a five- day camp organised by CIGH, a
Christian non-governmental child development organisation for teenagers within
the Cape Coast cluster of CICH assisted projects.
The Camp, attended
by more than 750 registered teenagers from 14 churches in Cape Coast was on the
theme: “Becoming a fulfilled Christian Adult; Christ the Watchtower.”
Mr Tetteh pointed
out that child protection issues should be the collective business of
He said the country
could only boast of responsible youth when the necessary rules and regulations
governing children are put in place.
He said it is the
responsibility of every parent to provide their children with basic needs such
as food, shelter and clothes.
It is also the
responsibility of the child to respect his or her parents and must be law
abiding and disciplined.
Mr Tetteh who spoke
on: “Identifying and preventing abuse as a teenager,” mentioned child
trafficking, children marriages, child labour, female genital mutilation and
sexual abuse as some of the abuses children go through.
He expressed the
need for pragmatic measures to help address them.
Mr Stephen Larbi
Appiah Partnership Facilitator said CIGH has been in existence in the country
for the past 10 years and is currently
supporting more than 62,000 children living in poverty.
He said in the
Central Region more than 4,212 children in child development centres are being
giving training in three thematic areas as physical development, cognitive
development spiritual and social-emotional development.
He said the
beneficiaries are also given needed protection and support to enable them
realize their dreams.
The children would
be taken through topics like study habits and self-management, child protection
and the role of the police, becoming fulfilled Christian adult, the role of
CIGH, nutrition, reproductive health and hygiene, dating and marriage.