By Ansu Kofi Richard, B/A
The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Social Welfare, Mr. Emmanuel Kingsford Anipah, says children of the world, constitute the most human capital base needed to achieve every country’s developmental agenda.
Mr. Anipah, called on all stakeholders in children development, to pull their resources together in order to mould the children to become useful citizens for the country in their adulthood.
He disclosed in his address delivered at the Opening Ceremony of this year’s Training and Capacity Building Programme for Early Childhood Development Centres Attendants in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He said, records available indicates that out of thousand three hundred and twenty two (1,322) Daycare attendants in four hundred and eighteen centre’s (418) across the region only three sixty (360) have been trained in the skills to properly help mould children admitted to the early childhood development centres.
This according to him means that parents of these children and the children themselves will not reap the full benefit expected in the care of these schools while they go about their business.
It is against this background that the regional Directorate of the Department of Social Welfare has in line with its mandate decided to organize a Ten Week Capacity Building Programme to augment the challenges attendants confronts in discharge of their work.
The Attendants are taking through courses such as Providing care and support for the young child (child rights), Records Keeping, Child Care Giving/Caregivers roles and the quality of the caregiver includes fire Safety and Prevention, Food and Nutrition, Children Management and Control, Collaboration with Parents, How Children learn amongst others.
He therefore entreated all participants to bring to bear the skills and knowledge acquired from the training to ensure the proper handling of the children. Moreover, the Deputy Director of Social welfare Mad. Olivia Avudzega explained that social welfare is mandated to train caregivers in the Daycare Centres so as to help equip them with employable skills and better insight into how to provide care and protection for children in the Day Care Centres.
She further appealed to the Proprietors of the various early childhood schools to make their early childhood Attendants take advantage of the programme to equip them with all the necessary skills.
She, therefore acknowledged Spacefm in Sunyani for their tremendous assistance in terms of announcements of the training.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the programme, Mr. Patrick Acheampong, said education was the most important in human live, but when the foundation is faulty there is no strong education.
Adding that human capital, is the most valuable resource in nation building and challenged the participants to transfer the acquired knowledge into teaching the pupil’s in class.