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Manifestos must address well-being of children – Group

July 19, 2016, 9:58 a.m.

The Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) has launched its 20th anniversary with a call on politicians to factor in the well-being of children in their manifestos towards the upcoming elections.

They have also been told not to involve or exploit children when going about with their respective campaigns.

Speaking at the launch, President of GNCRC, Mrs Josephine Konadu Koduah said child rights issues have not been properly tackled over the years and was of the hope that more attention is given to it.

She noted that the first six of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is linked with the well-being of children, and, therefore, urged government to ensure they are well implemented.

The anniversary is to highlight achievements in protecting all children from violence, abuse and exploitation, and the promotion of human rights of children, as well as supporting existing child protection systems to better address issues affecting children in Ghana and beyond.

The coalition also launched the Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) alternate report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Barima Kwasi Amankwaah, the acting National Co-ordinator of GNCRC, in his presentation, announced that the coalition, as part of its patriotic contribution towards national development, has carried out several programmes and interventions to complement government’s efforts. 

The programmes undertaken, he said, include the Juvenile Justice and Girl Power Projects, which have reached over 18,945 girls and young women, as well as18,660 boys and young men in 250 communities.

As a child rights organisation, he said, one of its core areas of interest is the integration of child participation in its programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

To this end, he said the coalition, through its members, can boast of 10 regional GNCRC Child Rights club that are active and doing well.

Barima Amankwaah hinted that the coalition has a good working relationship with Parliamentary Select Committee, Child Labour Unit under the Ministry of Employment and Labour, Ghana Education Service’s counselling unit to address issues of corporal punishment, among others.

As a coalition, he announced it has sensitised over 120 NGOs and CSOs across the country and will not rest on its achievements but rather forge ahead and collaborate more to ensure the dreams of all children become a reality.

He said the coalition will as well continue to solicit for resources to build the capacity of its members and other child rights organisation to ensure their roles to complement that of government’s is achieved to the highest point of interest.

The GNCRC was established in 1996 and registered in 1997, and it has existed to promote the promotion, protection and rights of all children in Ghana through capacity building to influence child rights policies and programmes.