NCCE creates platform to address child development issues

Gideon Ebbah, GNA

Effiduase (Ash),
Jan. 14, GNA – “Child Parliament”, a forum seeking to discuss and address
issues affecting the development of the Ghanaian child, has been launched at
Effiduase in the Sekyere-East District of the Ashanti Region.

The initiative is
meant to bring together stakeholders involved in child protection, welfare and
development, to promote the interest of juveniles in the District.

It is designed to
stimulate the confidence of children to voice out concerns relating to their
wellbeing, while having the opportunity to meet and brainstorm with their
Member of Parliament (MP) occasionally.   

The National
Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) introduced the programme with financial
sponsorship from the Sekyere-East Cluster Office of the World Vision
International in Ghana (WVI-G).

Mr. Wilson Raphael
Arthur, the Regional Director, NCCE, said it was necessary to create an avenue
to address comprehensively issues bothering on the holistic growth of the
Ghanaian child given their vulnerability in the society.

“The Parliament,
would amongst others, work to draw the attention of policy and decision- makers
to the need to always implement child-friendly programmes in line with national
and international regulations,” he noted.

Mr. Arthur said
protecting minors from all forms of harm – harassment, psychological and
physical abuse ought to be prioritized at all levels of the society.

It is also important
to take their education seriously in order to empower them for the future.

“We need to train
our children with the core values of discipline, hard-work and patriotism to
help drive our nation forward,” the Regional NCCE Director noted.

Mr. Michael Boahene,
the Acting District Director of NCCE, said the “Child Parliament” concept would
be replicated in basic schools in the District.

The “Parliament”, he
said, would meet twice every year to discuss and assess concerns from the
various schools, adding that these would then be relayed to the relevant
authorities for redress.

He commended WVI-G
for the financial support and pledged continuity and sustainability of the
initiative in the District.

Mr. Ezekiel Appiah,
Acting Manager of the Sekyere East Cluster of WVI-G, urged the children
benefiting from the initiative to uphold good values of the society as they
grow up.