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500,000 children of school-going age in northern Ghana are out of school – Afrikids

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More than one million kids who should be in school aren’t. This is why the Upper East Region-based children’s rights organisation Afrikids is urging the government to support the advancement and expansion of health, education, and child protection through the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

“Data that we have suggests that over 1,000,000 children are not in school; children of school going age. If you look at the Northern Ecological Zone, we account for 50 percent of this number of children that ought to be in school, but are at home. If you come to our market centres during school hours, you will see children selling razor blades, needles and what have you. You go to the lorry parks, children are pushing trucks. Children are sleeping on benches. These children are left without a future when they grow up.”

Raymond Ayinne, the External Affairs Manager for Afrikids said this when he spoke to A1 Radio’s Mark Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show today, Wednesday, November 22, 2022. 

“To effectively promote the rights of children, you would need to empower their parents, especially the mothers. What we do is largely focused on the children but there are certain conditions around the child that ought to be enabling to allow the child effectively develop. Our investment in women is so that they can effectively take care of their children. At Afrikids, our focus is education, health and child protection. These are three key areas that are struggling severely as a result of the harsh economic situation that we find ourselves in this country.”

“As we look forward to the 2023 budget, we look forward to a budget that focuses on providing opportunities for the most vulnerable members of our community to be able to participate as active members of the society,” he said. 

For Afrikids, opportunities for young people, women as well as opportunities that make education accessible, affordable and improves on quality should be the government’s focus in the 2023 Budget Statement. 

“Ultimately, a child that goes to school hopes to pursue education to the extent that he’s able to live a more meaningful life. Quality is an important benchmark in terms of the education we hope that our government will pursue,” he said. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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