A 13 POINT COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY PARTICIPANT AT THE END OF THE ONE DAY FORUM ORGANIZED BY IDAY GHANA AND ABIBIMAN FOUNDATION IN CELEBRATION OF THE A DAY OF AFRICA CHILD AT TEMA METROPOLITAN CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE 18TH JUNE,2013.
THEME: “ELIMINATING HARMFULL SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PRACTICES AFFECTING CHILDREN’S EDUCATION: OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBLILTY “
1. Call to an end to child exploitation especially child trafficking, child labour, child soldier, harmful traditional and cultural practices
2. A proactive Continental integration process with the potency to defend the rights of the African child.
3. Create a school culture and environment that supports ‘zero tolerance’ for violence
4. Call for community libraries and provision of electricity and computers in all the schools across the country to facilitate the study of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as well as inculcate reading habit in children
5. Reducing the incidence of the various forms of violence against girls in schools by increasing the knowledge of pupils and students to learn the causes of and solutions for addressing
6. Call for Education and awareness on school dropout in the rural and urban communities
7. We encourage a more effective partnership between government, private sector and civil society in achieving the MDGs;
8. Action must be taken now on teacher absenteeism because it has a great impact on pupils’ performance
9. Develop programmes to enhance the social capital of girls and ensure their continuation from basic to secondary school education by addressing violence against girls in schools
10. We call the attention of international development partners and members of the developed world to live up to their promise to the achievement of the MDGs;
11. Impart values and skills to pupils and students to prevent violence against girls in schools
12. While understanding the role of the media, we call on them to increase their publicity and reporting on the MDGs;
13. While remaining resolute on our commitment to the MDGs campaign, we call on all stakeholders in the campaign to support our earnest effort to champion the actualization of the goals;
Finally, we implore the government to be fully committed to education in the local community because education is a key tool in addressing poverty issues and ensuring the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Chief Executive Officer
DAY Ghana Coordinator