A Child development Organization, Compassion International, Ghana has organized a symposium to mark this year’s Day of the African child on the theme: “Leave No Child Behind For Africa’s Development”.
The symposium took place on Friday June 15, 2018 at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science Auditorium in Accra.
The Day of the African child has been celebrated on June 16th of every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity(OAU).
It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African Children.
On such occasions, Governments, NGO’s, International Organizations and other Stakeholders gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the Right of Children in Africa.
Speaking at the event, National Director of Compassion International, Ghana, Mrs. Gifty Dansoah Appiah disclosed the Day of the African child seeks to commemorate the brave action children took in defence of their right to celebrate as the children of Africa as well as call for serious introspection and commitment towards addressing the numerous challenges facing children across the continent.
“Compassion International Ghana as a child focused organization, aimed at the holistic development of the child, in releasing children from Poverty in Jesus’ name, see this faith and appropriate to continue to share in this memory and drive home the need to provide the essentials and an avenue to promote the development of the child”.
For her part, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba noted that in Ghana, children form majority of population and therefore there’s the need to focus on their group when working to achieve the SDG’s.
“To achieve these SDG’s, Africa must invest financially in the development of the African child. In 2030, every country must account for their achievement of all the 17 goals. So it is our collective responsibility and duty to Also protect the Rights of children and save them from abuse”.
” The Sustainable Development can only deliver on the promise of equity if we know which children are being left behind and the children who are left behind are those who still go through challenges in all the sectors including, access to Justice, education, health, protection, and among others “, she noted.
The celebration is to draw the attention of both Governmental and Non governmental organizations, parents and society at large to the many problems that afflicts the African child and impede his/her development.
Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba urges all to become child advocates or ambassadors with a renewed commitment towards alleviating the daily problems that the children face.
By Angela Amuzu