STAKEHOLDERS URGED TO IMPLEMENT CHILD PROTECTION POLICY IN GHANA
BOLGATANGA, The Most Reverend Alfred Agyenta, the Bishop of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese, has urged stakeholders in education to effectively implement the Child Protection Policy to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.
He said he did not agree with a section of the public who claim the contents of the child protection policy were alien to African culture adding that globalisation had brought the world closer together.
Bishop Agyenta said this when he opened a training workshop for stakeholders in education from the Northern and Upper East regions on the Child Protection Policy in Bolgatanga.
Participants involved the regional and district directors of education, and managers of the Catholic Education, Islamic and Presbyterian Education units.
It was organised by the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese of the Catholic Church in partnership with World Vision Ghana, a child-welfare Non-Governmental Organisation.
The training was to sensitise participants on the policy and to ensure that they implemented it to help curb the spate of abuse in schools, homes and institutions.
Bishop Agyenta said the diocese had developed its own Child Policy Document, drawing its contents from the Child Protection and Family Welfare Document of the Gender Ministry and UNICEF.
He said it had also constituted Diocesan Child Safeguarding and Child Protection Teams to help address the phenomenon.
Bishop Agyenta said the Catholic Church had established 357 schools in the region made up of kindergartens, primary, junior and senior high schools and a training college to complement government's effort at delivering quality education.
"As major stakeholders in education it is, therefore, very important to help ensure that we create a safer environment to protect our children, young people and the vulnerable adults to become more responsible leaders in future.
"It is in this light that the Catholic Church will continue to always complement government's efforts at providing spiritual and moral formation to help nurture good values in our children to become more responsible citizens; for Knowledge without character is useless," Bishop Agyenta said.
Presenting a report on the Catholic Education Unit schools in the diocese, Rev. Sister Bernardine Pemii, the Regional Manager of the Catholic Education Unit, said it was regrettable that teachers meted out inhuman abuses to children.
She cited instances where a school teacher asked a pupil to use the mouth to clean the blackboard and another where a nine- year-old pupil was asked by the teacher to carry 30 buckets of stones as his punishment.
Rev. Sister Pemii entreated the stakeholders to work hard towards ending such barbaric acts, saying such punishments could discourage many pupils from attending school.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK