Child neglect in Upper Manya worrying —DCE
Mr Angmor stated this at the opening of a three-day capacity building workshop for caregivers at Asesewa.
The International Child Development Programme (ICDP), a non-profit organisation, organised the workshop to equip the participants with skills on how to protect the children’s rights, as well as to develop their cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential.
Mr Angmor said as much as children had the duty to assist their parents in domestic activities, it must not be misconstrued to subjecting them to hard labour, adding, ‘it is to be noted that some people in our district are guilty of this practice.’
He said a lot of parents sent their children to live and work with relatives and other people living in major towns and cities without consideration for their welfare.
‘Such children are often deprived of formal education and sometimes subjected to abuse by their hosts. The future of such a child is eventually jeopardised,’ he lamented.
Mr Angmor urged parents, guardians and stakeholders interested in the welfare of children to desist from such inhuman treatment of children and endeavour to give them the best of care.
He appealed to caregivers to pay close attention to children, especially the girl child so that the incidence of teenage pregnancy, ‘which is steadily becoming the worst social evil in our district, can be reduced or done away with.’
Mrs Joyce Larnyoh, Country Director, ICDP, revealed that their programme was a simple community-based project with the aim of supporting and promoting the psychosocial care and competence of persons responsible for children’s care-giving and also including all children in the teaching and learning process.
‘This programme is based on the accepted humanitarian values on the significance of activating human empathy and compassion as a basis for care for children in need,’ she said.
Mrs Larnyoh said studies had shown that children who did not receive proper care and were abandoned and neglected usually become depressed and unhappy.
‘After long periods of separation and isolation, they show symptoms of apathy, withdrawal, restlessness and are usually unable to concentrate on any learning process because they crave for affection,’ she said.
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