A three days Community Dialogue on Social Protection and Social Issues was held in the Western Region from 15th to 17th January, 2020 to create awareness on Social Protection, Gender Equality, Child Protection, Child Marriage and the consequences of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.
The Dialogue which was organized by the Social Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection seeks to galvanize the needed support from all Ghanaians in ending Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Child labour and Child Marriage as well as improve the understanding of the communityâs roles in the delivery of social protection in the country.
The Dialogue was also created to educate, sensitize and facilitate the free flow of information and feedback which are the pillars that strengthened a democratic governance system.
Participants at the Dialogue include Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, Traditional leaders, Youth Leaders, Faith-Based Organizations, Womenâs Groups and Assembly Members.
Communities visited during the Community Dialogue includes: Prestea Huni Valley, Himan, Dumasi, Kokoase and Axim.
Hon. Freda Prempeh, Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection said the Ministry collaborates with the Ministry of Education, Health and Agric to implement their Social Protection policies such as the Free Maternal Care, NHIS and the Planting for Food and Jobs.
She challenged parents to be responsible by protecting and promoting the welfare and education of their children since they represent the future of Ghana.
Hon. Freda Prempeh entreated all and sundry to send their children to school to acquire the needed education they need since it is the right of all children to access quality education.
She tasked teachers to desist from taking money from pupils and students since the government has taken the tuition fees of all Ghanaian children from the kindergarten level to the Senior High School.
The Director for Social Protection of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Rita Owusu-Amankwah said Social Protection is a series of actions carried out by government and other parties in response to vulnerability and poverty, which seeks to guarantee total relief for sections of the population who are unable to provide for themselves.
She added that the National Social Protection Policy provides a framework for delivering social protection efficiently in a way that is holistic and properly targeted.
She further stressed that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through the Government of Ghana has rolled out numerous intervention programmes and policies such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Policy (LEAP), The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Capitation Grants and the Free Senior High School (FSHS) amongst others. These programmes she said seeks to promote and protect the well-being of Ghanaians.
Dr. Rita Owusu Amankwa urged parents to bring up children in love in order for them to grow to become responsible citizens