UN ranks Ghana seventh on violent children discipline

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violent discipline
violent discipline

To this end, as the World commemorates the International Day for

Non-Violence, Challenging Heights, a Non-governmental Organization (NGO)

that envisions a world where the rights of every child to education and

a family life are realized, has called on schools and families to

refrain from subjecting children to all forms of violence.

The NGO has also condemned all forms of violence, corporal punishment

in all schools and homes against children.

violent discipline
violent discipline
A statement signed by Mr David Kofi Awusi, Advocacy Manager,

Challenging Heights and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday, said

every day hundreds of children suffer violence in Ghana.

?And the most common forms of violence against children are child

labour, child trafficking, domestic slavery and an outdated culture of

disciplining children by corporal punishment.?

The statement said there was good evidence showing that inflicting

pain through corporal punishment as a way of disciplining children was a

very weak method for correcting wrong behaviour compared to other

methods.

?Contrarily, existing evidence shows that corporal punishment

leaves emotional and psychosocial scars on victims, reduces mental

development and school performance, and is likely to make children more

violent,? it said.

The statement recalled the case of a 15-year old boy who dropped

out of school and shortly afterwards was trafficked to work as fisher

boy on Lake Volta.

?He dropped out of school due to several beatings he endured at the

hands of teachers, one of which left him partially blind in one eye.

Driven away by violence, the boy spent over two years in child labour,

enduring all forms of abuses at the hands of cruel and greedy

traffickers,? it said.

The statement called on citizens to learn alternative behavioural

management approaches rather than resorting to the primitive use of

inflicting pain as a way of instilling discipline.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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