Ms. Faustina Osei Prempeh, a Child Rights Activist, has stressed the need for parents to introduce children to sex education at the early ages of life.
She said this could help kids report issues of sexual harassment and prevent any form of abuse and maltreatment from criminals.
“Parents must be bold enough to speak sex language with children and avoid indirect communication, which leaves boys and girls in suspense,” she explained, adding that, the exposure to these topics was not going to make children wayward as often perceived.
Ms. Prempeh who is the Programmes Manager for Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG), an NGO spearheading the welfare of children, pointed out that, children were the future leaders who required special care for their holistic development.
She was speaking at a joint meeting to mark this year’s World Day against Child Labour and the International Day of the African Child at Kwamang in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region.
These Days are celebrated annually to create awareness on the negative impacts of child labour on the health, education, welfare and development of children.
Community members, including children, were educated on the dangers of child marriages, substance abuse, school drop-out, child neglect and child labour.
Ms. Prempeh used the occasion to enlighten community members on the prevalence of the novel coronavirus.
She advised them to adhere to all the laid down protocols by the Ministry of Health and other regulatory bodies and also boost their immune system to fight against COVID-19.
Mr. Maxwell Bioh, Head Teacher of Kwamang M/A JHS, and a member of the Social Service Sub- Committee of the Assembly advised children to always report any forms of abuse and neglect to teachers, whenever school was in session.
He assured the children of the teachers’ readiness to assist in any little way to help them progress in the academic, health and social lives.