The Country Director of Afrikids Ghana, a child rights Non-governmental Organization, Nicholas Kumah, has appealed to journalists to focus efforts on protecting the rights of children by putting the spotlight on issues affecting their welfare and growth.
He said they should go to every length to assist bring down the incidence of child labor and abuse.
Mr. Kumah said they could do this more effectively by collaborating with organizations engaged in child protection activities.
He made the appeal when Afrikids Ghana presented a cheque of three thousand Ghana cedis towards the “Child Rights” category of the Upper East Regional Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) awards.
Afrikids Ghana is a child rights organization based in Bolgatanga, capital of the Upper East Region, working to improve the lives of vulnerable children in the area.
The vision of Afrikids Ghana is to ensure that every child in the Upper East Region is afforded his or her rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and to do this by building the capacity and resources of local people, organizations and initiatives in such a way that they will be able to continue their efforts independently and sustainably in the future.
In an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana, Mr. Kumah said his organization will continue to safeguard child rights and contribute to the elimination of child labor or abuse through innovative strategies to assure the children of a secured future.
Mr Kumah urged Journalists, especially those working in the Region to promote the rights of children through their reportage, and insisted that it was important for the media to consistently educate members of the public on the rights of children and their responsibilities.
The Upper East Regional Chairman of the GJA, Eric Kwajo Amoh, thanked the leadership of Afrikids Ghana for the gesture.
The Regional GJA Chairman who received the cheque, expressed gratitude to Afrikids Ghana, and called on government and non-governmental institutions, members of the public, religious and traditional leaders to support the GJA awards ceremony.
He disclosed that Afrikids Ghana was the first institution to support the awards programme slated for November 9.
The Regional GJA will award Journalists in the following categories; most promising Journalists, health, child rights reporting, human rights, business and financial, Agriculture, Environment and Sanitation, Investigation, Domestic tourism, Sports, best Radio station and Best Social programme on radio among others.
STORY BY: SAMUEL AYAMMAH.