Eric K. Amoh, GNA
Aug. 14 GNA – Mr Mathew Mac-Kwame,
Executive Member of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has called on
media practitioners to assess the vulnerability of children and bring their
plights to bear.
He observed that
some duty bearers; especially those in the public sector are handicapped in attempt to give the prescribed
protection to children and said consistent excuses of the absence of logistics to ensure that
they received adequate care and protection from the State and members of the
public is not proper.
Mr Mac-Kwame made
the call when he addressed journalists attending a two- day workshop on child
rights protection, organised by World Vision International (WVI) in Bolgatanga.
He indicated that
despite the legal framework, which ensures that all forms of abuses against
children are eradicated, little is done by actors to ensure that they enjoy all
forms of rights that are obligatory under the children’s Act.
Mr Mac-Kwame noted
that the media is pivotal in contributing to ensure that proper care is given
journalists to fish out information about activities involving children and
abuses against them.
He urged journalists
to work around the four cardinal regulations of children’s rights to shelter,
food, education and protection.
He said they could
do so by working closely with community members, opinion leaders and actors in
the area of child rights protection to ensure that children are safe from
abusive parents and adults.
The GJA executive
member called for wider networking of journalists on children’s rights issues
to give them better platforms where they could make broader consultations and
bring out effective results in writing on children’s issues.
expressed optimism that members of the fraternity would come out with reports
that would bring about behavior change in handling issues connected with
An official of WVI,
Mr Gregory Dery, stated that giving children the needed protection could not be
compromised because they serve as future managers of the country and are
entitled to every available protection to let them grow into good adults.
Mr Dery said there
is the need for stakeholder collaborations from institutions, the media, non-governmental
organisations, and government to give adequate protection to children.