The Ankwansu Anglican Child and Youth Development Center culminated its child protection awareness campaign with a float through the streets of the Ankwansu community in the Eastern Region.
The center is a frontline religious partner of the Akuapem cluster under the supervision and funding of Compassion International – Ghana – an international Christian non-governmental organization whose aim is to free children from poverty.
The campaign which took place last Saturday (5 March) aimed to raise awareness and educate caregivers, community members and beneficiaries on the need to protect children from abuse at all times, as well as to report cases of abuse. abuse when they occur.
The float started from Aboabo to the community of Ankwansu and Obosono in the southern Akuapem of the Eastern Region.
It attracted many dignitaries such as traditional chiefs, religious leaders as well as other young community leaders.
They held signs with inscriptions such as “Childhood is not motherhood”, “Children are too small to win”, “If a child says I’m scared, adults should believe him”, ” Give children a voice to be that voice”, among many others. others.
While in treatment, some of the members also moved into homes to educate parents and guardians about the harmful effects of child abuse.
Increase in cases of abuse
Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the exercise, CPC Chairman Mr. Daniel Adu Gyedu highlighted the success of the campaign.
As a result of the campaign, he said caregivers and community members would now understand that issues of early marriage and child labor were all cases of abuse and would begin to refrain from such acts.
Mr. Gyedu further expressed his dissatisfaction with the increase in cases of abuse across the country and how it was hampering the progress of children.
He therefore called on the government and other relevant agencies to enforce laws affecting child protection, saying this was the only way to slow down the rushing abuse cases.
Project director Barbara Osei-Bonsu also highlighted the impact of the campaign.
She said the campaign was timely as the numbers of abuse cases continue to rise, especially in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rapid assessments conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in 2020 indicated that violence and abuse in the home may be on the rise in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
32% of adolescents and young people reported seeing an increase in abusive behavior within their family, including financial abuse (34%), emotional abuse (32%), physical abuse (17%), sexual abuse (10%) and mental/psychological abuse (7%).
Evidence also shows that there is a sharp increase in child abuse cases and a decline in violence prevention programs (77% drop) in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions.
@ a glance
The Ankwansu Anglican Child and Youth Development Center has launched a child protection awareness campaign to help reduce child abuse.
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