Mr. Gregory Dery, Child Protection and Advocacy Manager of the World Vision Ghana (WVG) has stressed the need for community members to see children as important assets whose rights and needs must be respected and protected at all times.
He said child’s right protection and advocacy was important to the growth and development of children.
It is therefore important to train and sensitise community leaders to identify issues that sought to abuse the rights of children and affected their growth and development.
Mr Dery made the call at a training workshop for District Child Protection Committees (DCPC) from the Sekyere East, Asante Akim North and Atebubu-Amantin districts, which are part of the Sekyere East Clusters of WVG, at Aprade, near Kumasi.
The training was to equip them with the needed skills and knowledge to be able to identify issues that affected the rights of children and develop advocacy strategies that would help to address these issues.
It was attended by officials from the Department of Social Welfare, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), media, Local Council of Churches, Muslim Council and community-based civil society groups.
It was part of efforts by the WVG to promote the rights of children and also help to address disability and vulnerability issues in the districts.
Mr Dery, said WVG was a child centred organization committed to the wellbeing and welfare of every Ghanaian child no matter where the child lived.
He said the training would empower the committee members coming from diverse backgrounds to technically and professionally handle issues related to child rights and protection within the communities.
Mr Dery said the DCPC was a cross–functional multi–stakeholder committee that represented the national and regional child protection committees and was focused on strengthening the collaboration between formal and informal actors in order to prevent and respond to child protection issues at the community and local levels.
Mr Joseph Kwogyenga, the Sekyere East Cluster Manager of WVG said most of the DCPCs and Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) in the districts have been non-functional.
The training sought to revive and enhance their capacities in order to be able to effectively educate, sensitise and engender community participation to achieve sustainable child protection activities within their communities.