LACK OF SCHOOL TOILETS IS SERIOUS CHILD RIGHT ABUSE – ANIS HAFFAR
| Updated Oct 15, 2017 at 3:10pm
Mr. Anis Haffar
The resource persons at the forum
An educationist Anis Haffar has stated that one of the worst forms of abuse of children’s rights is the lack of toilets in their schools. He says it is time to ensure that this need is provided to help many children who find themselves especially in public schools.
Mr. Haffar said this at a forum to mark National Children’s Day in Accra. He said children themselves should start talking about this situation and should advocate about it to get the relevant authorities to act promptly. Referring to some areas in the Ashanti Region where he has been touring within the past week, Mr. Haffar said it is pathetic that 60 years after the country attained independence, we are still grappling with this challenge.
Touching on the use and abuse of the internet, Mr. Haffar said the responsibility comes back to the adults to help the children know how to put it to a positive use. He wondered how teachers who do not have easy access to the internet and computers can effectively teach children how to use them.
The programme organised by the PUMPKINS FOUNDATION had an array of professionals whose work impacts on the lives of children sharing experiences from different perspectives on how to support children to help their rapid development. It had the theme GHANA 60 YEARS ON: BUILDING A SOLID NETWORK OF ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH FOCUS ON CHILD RIGHTS AND GENERAL WELFARE. National Children’s Day is marked on 31 August every year to highlight how the country is doing in relation to children’s welfare and the gaps.
Story: Kingsley Obeng-Kyereh