The Social Welfare and Community Development in collaboration with the following Agencies namely GHS, GES & NCCE carried out a Child Protection Programme in the District.
The Department said their objective was to reach out and sensitize the general public with the information on child marriage, child labor, child trafficking, child online safety and all forms of child abuse. The Department said their target group was Children, Young adolescent, Men and Women. The Department said in order to achieve their target and objectives they carried out a community entry and community engagement in all the communities in the district. The participants were Chiefs, Opinion Leaders, Religious Leaders, Leaders of FBOs and Women Group.
The Department said as a result of their engagement activities with the communities they found that most of the young adolescent girls do not have the self-esteem to report to any appropriate authority when they are sexually harassed by some elders in the community and this intervention has given them the edge to do so.
The Department also said that some parents shared experiences about their irresponsibility towards their children and pledge to give their wards the maximum support in realizing their wards self –reliance in society.
The District Girls child officer, Victoria Yawa Dedzo organized route march with campaign placards on save girl child messages through the principal streets in Kpeve town. The Girls were finally assembled at Kpeve S.H.S. assembly hall.
The programme began with an opening prayer by Ms. Evelyn Kyei of Kpeve S.H.S.
The introduction of invited guest was done by the District Girls Education officer. The Girl Child Officer, Mad. Victoria Yawa Dedzo welcomed the participants and she gave the purpose of the celebration and acknowledged all participants for being part of the celebration.
The Head of Supervision and Monitoring in the person of Mrs. Peace Osai, gave a brief statement on how current circumstances/ challenges cannot determine their future, she urged all girls to value their lives remain focus and become responsible people for themselves, society and the nation as a whole.
The Director of N.C.C.E in person of Rev. Setriakor Gagakumah addressed the girls on their rights and responsibilities. He said sweeping school compound is not child labour. He also said 70% of the national quarter’s officers are female, therefore girls should learn hard and demand for their rights and is about equality.
Mrs. Emma Adom, the Director of Social Welfare and Community Development, talked about discipline. She said the girls should discipline their bodies; they should not depend on boys and men for their livelihood. She said girls should not give in to any man just because he has given them a gift, money or lift. She said such behaviors lead to drop out from school and end up giving birth to too many children therefore poverty and hardship.
Ms. Happy Alornu the health promotion officer gave a talk on breast cancer awareness/ tips such as never sleep with bra, no tight bra and self-breast examination.