ICI, DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN EXTEND AWARENESS RAISING ON CHILD PROTECTION TO OVER 5,000 PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN GHANA
The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is collaborating with the Department of Children (DoC), under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, to carry out awareness raising on child protection. The initiative, which is expected to benefit over 5,000 children and parents, seeks to raise awareness on child related issues in ten districts and municipalities in Ghana.
The awareness raising will focus on issues such as child labour, child trafficking, kidnapping and teenage pregnancy. Among the tools to be used for the sessions will be the animation series developed by ICI. The series educates viewers on child labour, child work, communal development, education, importance of alternative income activities and hazardous work.
The implementation of this activity is part of the efforts of the foundation to collaborate with the government in ensuring a protective environment for children in the country, especially those in cocoa growing areas.
Christain Mawusi, the Principal Program Officer for the Department of Children, reiterated his department’s commitment to enhancing the welfare of children in Ghana. “As a Department focused on children, we believe that the increasof the welfare of the child demands a collective responsibility. Partnering with ICI, to carry out these awareness raising sessions, is helping us address the awareness needs of children in a results oriented manner. We are looking forward to realising the impact our collaboration with the Foundation will have on the lives of the children.”
Mike Arthur, ICI’s Country Director in Ghana , indicated that the successful partnership that ICI is enjoying with the DoC will go a long way to enhance child protection in the country. He added,”looking at the pervasive nature of child labour, every effort needs to be made at all fronts to constantly remind our communities of the dangers child labour poses to the present and future well being of children. Everyone of us has a responsibility to play. Though uphill, it is a responsibility we must take seriously to ensure a better life for children.”
So far, four assemblies in the Ashanti region have benefited from this exercise with an estimated reach of 2500 children and parents. These are Ejura Sekyere Odumase, Adansi South, Obuasi and Amansie West district and municipal assemblies. Each of the schools visited received awareness raising materials on child rights and responsibilities and a copy of the Kweku Series. Four other assemblies in the Brong Region will also be benefiting from this collaboration.