The twelfth day in the month of June has been selected to offer social protection to children and thus help stop or reduce child labour.
Social protection is human right and makes sound economic and social sense. Social protection enables access to education, health care and nutrition and plays a critical role in the fight against child labour.
In the Twifo Atti Morkwa (TAM) District the programme was organised by Development Fortress (DF), a Non-governmental Organisation and International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Mr. Bossman Osei Hyiamang, the District Chief Executive (DCE) in his welcome address, praised the organizers of the programme noting "that ever since the child labour programme came to this district, it has really benefited the pupils a lot."
Again, he said child labour did not mean children should not help their parents at all "but it really means they should not do work that will affect their health and their education."
Moreover, the DCE advised parents to take good care and think about children's future because children had every right to attend school. He equally advised the pupils to learn harder to become responsible citizens in future to help themselves and their communities.
Mrs. Enyonam Amafuga, the District Education Director said Ghana Education Service (GES) appreciated what the two organisations -DF/ILO had done to help the basic schools in the district. She announced that about 750 children had benefited from the project and also 300 parents had been given capital to begin their businesses.
She advised the school children to stay away from drugs, early sex and to make sure they dress well anytime they are going out. The chief executive Officer of Development Fortress Mrs. Freda Opoku presented 100 dual desks, 5 wall clocks, 616 text books as well as a football and jerseys to the schools and pupils.
Source: ISD (Isaac Ehuron)