COMMEMORATION OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD AND THE LAUNCH OF THE CHILDREN’S PARLIAMENT
November 22, 2019 9:12 am
The World Children’s Day Summit, marking the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child was held at the Accra International Conference Centre on Wednesday, 20th November, 2019.
The event was celebrated to observe the progress that has been made to defend the rights of children.
In his welcome statement, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Michael Aaron Ocquaye said the celebration is particularly close to the hearts of Ghanaians as Ghana is the first country to ratify the convention.
He added that, the celebration also fulfills Article 12 of the Convention which states that “the state shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views, the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with age and maturity of the child.”
The Speaker of Parliament called on duty bearers in the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary to reaffirm commitment towards the realization of children’s right to improve the lives of children in Ghana.
He admonished children to learn hard, do more research and also interact with peers in order to bring the best out of them.
Her Excellency the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Samira Bawumia in her statement urged all and sundry to join the campaign to end all forms of violence against children in Ghana.
She said the recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2017/2018 found out that, 94% of children aged between 1-14 years had experienced some form of emotional, psychological or physical abuse.
In view of this, Mrs. Samira Bawumia entreated all to ensure there is zero tolerance for violence and sexual abuse against all children.
She stated that, “No violence against children is justifiable and all violence against children is preventable. We should all stand up against violence against children.”
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama reiterated the need for all to work in order that the needs of children will be prioritized.
She also urged that, children’s basic human rights are protected and not denied.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in her address said children are our greatest assets and must be protected in order to be shaped into responsible adults and citizens since the future of Ghana depends on them.
She added that, the Ministry pledged its full respect for the guiding principle of the conventions which are non-discrimination, the right to life and survival and the right to express their views.
She urged all gathered at the children’s summit to accept, embrace and sustain the children’s parliament which will give an insight for the needs, rights and responsibilities of children which will help shape them into responsible citizens.
The Hon. Minister also used the occasion to thank development partners for their support in ensuring the rights of children all over the world are protected.
As part of the celebration, the Official National Children’s Parliament in Ghana was launched by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Michael Aaron Quaye.
The Children’s Parliament which comprises of eighty (80) children from all sixteen (16) regions of Ghana discussed issues with regards to the rights of the child and how it can be fulfilled.