The Kadjebi District Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), with support from the Nkwanta Cluster Office of World Vision Ghana, has embarked on a programme to educate the citizens on children’s rights, especially the disabled child.The programme which aimed at reducing violence against children, especially the disabled child would be implemented in 17 communities within the district.
Speaking at one of such programmes at Dodo-Amanfrom, the Kadjebi District Director of the NCCE, Mr. Daniel Agbesi Latsu, called on the citizenry to help protect the child from neglect, violence, abuse, discrimination on the grounds of race, age, religion, disability, health status, custom, ethnic origin, rural or urban background, birth or socio-economic status because he or she was a child.
According to him, no person should subject a child to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment including any culture practice which dehumanises or was injurious to the physical and mental well-being of the child; because the act contravened subsection 1 of section 13 of the Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560). The “disabled child has a right to special care, education, and training where possible to boost his utmost potential and be self-reliance”, he said.
Mr. Latsu also advised the able-bodied persons to respect the rights of the disabled child, and desist from calling them derogatory names; since it was immoral and against the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) Act, 2006 (Act 715).He said the child also had the right to an opinion, to be listened to and to participate in decisions which affect his well-being and that the opinion of the child should be given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.
Mr. Latsu said that anyone who contravened a provision of Sub-Part I of the Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560) commits an offence and was liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding GH₵500.00 or to imprisonment not exceeding one year or to both. An Assistant Civic Education Officer of the NCCE, Mr. Gabriel Kwame Dzanka appealed to Ghanaians to create safe and conductive environment for the child to grow-up. Mr. Dzanka said the child had the right to life, dignity, respect, leisure, liberty, health, education and shelter from his or her parents.He also called on the citizenry to protect the child against exposure to physical and moral hazards, since Article 28(2) of the 1992 Constitution says, “every child has the right to be protected from engaging in works that constitutes a threat to his health, education or development”.
The Assembly member for Kpalime-Kofe/Anani-Kura Electoral Area, Madam Kpapu Mary Fuseini, thanked the management and staff of the NCCE for the programme, which enlightened them on the rights of the child. Madam Fuseini appealed to the Kadjebi District Assembly and benevolent organisations to help construct a three-unit classroom block with other facilities for the Kpalime-Kofe Day Care School whose structure is in a deplorable state.
She also appealed for the drilling of boreholes for Kpando-Kofe and Anani-Kura communities. Similar programmes were held at Dodo-Fie, Kpalime-Kofe, Dodo-Dompa, Dodo-Pepesu, Dodo-Tamale, Dzindziso, Mempeasem and Poase-Cement. The rest were Ahamansu, Mangoase, Yadzo, Anani-Kura, Sabram, Titiaka, Olombobi and Dika.