World Vision Ghana (WVG) has established Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) in 25 communities in the Sekyere East District to promote child rights and disability issues in the communities.
Mr Kwabena Fosu, the Integrated Development Facilitator of the Sekyere East Cluster of the WVG, who made this known said the aim is to raise awareness of community members on child rights and protection and empower them to identify acts that constituted child abuses in their communities.
It also to help bridge the gap between community members and relevant local authorities on matters related to child right, child protection, child labour and discrimination against children with disabilities.
He was speaking at a community durbar organized by the WVG in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and the District office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative justice (CHRAJ) at Putuom.
The durbar was to sensitize community members on issues that constituted child abuse and build the capacities of CCPC members to monitor and protect the rights of rural children
Mr Fosu said the goal was to help improve child right and protection while at the same time enhancing community members’ participation in the child protection process.
Mr. Awale Mohammed Hamid, the District Social Welfare Officer appealed to parents to show keen interest in the education and welfare of their children.
He also asked them to endeavour to provide the basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing to enable their children lead a normal life and secure their growth, development and future.
He spoke against early and forced child marriages, especially in rural communities since that constituted child right abuse.
Mrs. Bertha Zaazie, the District Director of CHRAJ urged parents and guardians to avoid conditions of child labour and abuses in their homes to promote the healthy growth and development of their children.
She also asked parents to create equal opportunities for both girl and boy children to attend school.