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Ashanti Regional Child Protection Committee targets eradication of foreign child beggars in Kumasi

February 1, 2024
Ashanti Regional Child Protection Committee targets eradication of foreign child beggars in Kumasi
The Ashanti Regional Child Protection Committee

In a dedicated effort to safeguard and improve the well-being of children, the Ashanti Regional Child Protection Committee has outlined its focus for the year, with a primary goal of eliminating foreign children begging on the streets of . The committee also plans to engage with street-connected children to explore ways of assisting them in becoming productive members of society.

Mr Stephen Ofosu, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Department of Children under the , Children, and Social Protection (MoGCSP), emphasized the delicate nature of child-related issues, stressing the need for intensified efforts across all sectors. Speaking at the Ashanti Regional Child Protection Committee Meeting for the fourth quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024 in Kumasi, Mr Ofosu disclosed the committee's commitment to developing an action plan to revive the non-functional Kumasi Children's Park. Revitalizing such facilities, he noted, is crucial for igniting children's passion and fostering their holistic development.

The Regional Director outlined additional initiatives, including community engagements, mass media information dissemination, and public education to address child protection issues. The committee aims to create awareness and promote active involvement in child protection measures.

Madam Safia Tamimu, an Officer in charge of at MoGCSP, presented global programs to end child marriage, noting Ghana's commendable efforts in this regard. She highlighted gender-transformative approaches aimed at transforming social structures, policies, and legal systems that perpetuate gender inequalities.

Mr. Christopher Lartey, Principal Programs Officer at MoGCSP, provided insights into the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) concepts. He emphasized the mandatory reporting of any sexual exploitation and abuse allegations by aid workers, underlining the commitment to maintaining a safe environment for children. The Ashanti Regional Child Protection Committee's multifaceted approach reflects its dedication to ensuring the well-being and protection of children in the region.

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