By Ansu Kofi Richard, Syi B\A
The Department of Children (DoC), under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), has organized a day’s workshop for the Dissemination of the Child and Family Welfare Policy (CFWP) and its Associated Documents in Sunyani Brong Ahafo Region.
The Department and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and its partners, collaborated to strengthen Child Protection system, through research policies development.
Notable among these, are the Baseline study research report on Child Protection, Costing and Budget Analysis Study and the child and Family Welfare Policy and its Operational Plan. The workshop was organized by Department of Children with support from UNICEF.
Speaking to the media at the workshop, the Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Department of Children, Mr. George Yaw Ankamah, make known that issues relating to non child maintenance, child labor, child ridicule, child abandonment, are the much trending cases in the region.
He said that, per the 2010 population and housing census in Ghana, out of 2.3 million people in the Brong Ahafo region, children alone, accounts for half of the entire population and for this reason, more attention should be giving to the region.
According to him, the child and family welfare policy is expected to draw a clear distinction about how to raise and nurture children in Ghana.
The document, according to Mr. Ankamah, directly spelt out proper child up bringing the local way.
The policy was documented last year to streamline and strengthen the policies regarding the welfare of every child in the country.
He appealed to the traditional authorities, Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies, Regional Coordinating Councils, to ensure that children, were well protected in every community.
In addition, the Head of Research at the Department of Children, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr. Sylvester Kyei-Gyamfi, noted that children are confronted with numerous avoidable challenges at the expense of their lives.
He outlined the challenges, including early marriage, not staying with their biological parents and child trafficking, which affects them psychologically and all forms of preventable dilemma facing children in the country.
As a child advocate, he indicated that all the situations confronting children are ought to be giving the needed attention by the duty bearers.
He said that challenges faces children, are many and therefore associated institutions, including Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) Social welfare and Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) must rise to the challenges.
He urged the communities to come together and support such a noble idea by establishing social capital to assists and provide effective support to the sustenance of the policy.