Mr Dickens Thunde, National Director, World Vision International, Ghana, (WVG) has challenged media practitioners in the country to give space to children in the media.
“Make children part of the headlines. They have their own rights. Pull out issues of child marriage, sexual abuse and not only politics and galamsey,” he said.
Mr Thunde said this during an address to journalists in the Volta Region as part of a three-day training on “Ending Child Marriage” by World Vision in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
He said child marriage has become a serious social problem and urged the media to make the needed commitment to help protect children and give them a voice in the media because, “the voice of children is the voice of God”.
Mr Thunde said World Vision as a child-focused organization remained committed to the protection of children and was looking for partnerships with the media for a successful campaign against child marriage.
Mr Israel Aklorbortu, Regional Director, Department of Children, said the absence of a recreational facility in the regional capital was worrying and this has led to the ascendance of ‘streetism’.
He said the Region was also recording increases in teenage pregnancy, child trafficking and child marriage cases.
Mr Edward Owulah, Acting Regional Operations Manager- WVG, said issues on child rights and protection in the region are hardly covered.
Mr Affail Monney, President, Ghana Journalists Association, commended World Vision for the support and said professional excellence was the fruit of training.
He said the Association was providing training opportunities to all the regions and reminded media practitioners that they have the constitutional responsibility to speak for children.
Mr Gregory Dery, Child Protection and Advocacy Manager- WVG, said GJA and the World Vision started a collaboration in 2015 to embark on campaign on child protection.