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The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Afram Plains North constituency, Betty Nana Efua Krosbi Mensah has said that children of Afram Plains deserve the right to education and that it is totally wrong for anyone to deny them that right. Her comment comes in the wake of boat masters allegedly using children in the area for fishing while others trafficked them instead of encouraging them to be in school.
The constituency is surrounded by water – the Volta Lake and various river bodies.
According to the Afram Plains North legislator, her constituency is rated high among places where child labour is practiced and said this is no pride to belong to such ranking.
She made these remarks during a sensitization durbar for the people of Afram Plains North. Organized by her office in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Kwahu Afram Plains Assembly.
The sensitization durbar which marked this year’s Day Against Child Labour and Human Trafficking in Ghana was held at Bridge Ano, in the Kwahu Afram Plains District.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by resolution marks July 30 of every year as a day against human trafficking (Blue Day), to create awareness on the dangers in human trafficking and the need to protect victims against the practice.
Last year an International Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Justice Mission, in collaboration with armed police officers raided surrounding areas of the Dwarf Island and freed children from families who were travelling on the lake accompanied by their parents, brothers to fish or for other economic reasons.
The Assembly members from the Kwahu Afram Plains District were very grateful to the Afram Plains North MP for here efforts in ensuring that the children who were rescued during the raid were doing well.
The MPs said Children of Afram Plains have a right to live a peaceful life and not to be abused by their parents and other authorities. She was delighted that out of the 275 constituencies in the country, “we travelled passed Donkorkrom to Bridge Ano to mark this day”.
She said children in Afram Plains are very intelligent and brilliant and believes that if they are given equal opportunities like children in Accra and other urban cities in Ghana they would excel.
On the issue of teenage pregnancy, Betty Nana Efua Krosbi Mensah said available statistics indicate that they placed Second.
She said also that there is lack of teachers in the class rooms in the area and it is worrying that people are not motivated to be in the classroom.
“We have a total of 573 communities, if you go to the Ghana education service right now, the basic schools in Afram Plains do not add up to 130 so the remaining communities what happens to them”?
She appealed to the government and civil society who are interested in the well being of the children of Afram Plains to come to their aid as MPs resources are limited.
Again community teachers would be recruited and sponsored to be able to stay in the class room to help end teenage pregnancy, child labour and trafficking.
Source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso