June 20, 2018

Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba has called on Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) to reflect on issues affecting children.

In commemoration of the “Day of the African child” a Regional event which had been celebrated on 16th of June every year since 1991, she made a statement on the floor of the House to honor the memories of hundreds of children killed on the streets of Soweto, whiles protesting against inferior education and apartheid in 1976 as dedicated by the African Union.

According to Nelson Mandela, “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than they way in which it treats its children”, she quoted.

She further called on international entities and NGOs to reflect on issues affecting children in Ghana and Africa, as the celebration is on the theme, “Leave no child behind for Africa’s Development”.

Again this highlights the need to ensure that “no child is left behind” in the struggle to reduce inequality, create opportunities and liberate the innovations energies of our youth, she said.

The Minister further indicated that the children and youth of today are impatient to participate in the transformation of our society; consequently, we need to mainstream children’s rights in all programs and projects for their growth and development.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com