…to address social problems
From Isaac Akwetey-Okuonr, Koforidua
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Children’s Right International (CRI), Mr. Bright Appiah, has observed that in order to enhance government institutions, particularly, the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, there was the need to institute a corporate social responsibility policy.
According to him, like any developed country such as the United States of America, corporate social responsibility has been made a policy, where donations are directed into a single government account, purposely for welfare and the addressing of social problems.
According to him, if the policy was considered and implemented, it would not only solve the numerous social problems that have bedeviled the country, but also be a working tool for companies and other organisations.
He made the suggestion at a two-day workshop, organised by his outfit, in conjunction with Plan Ghana International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), and funded by the European Union.
The programme, which was part of a three-year project earmarked by the CRI in partnership with Plan Ghana and the Ghana National Coalition for the Rights of the Child, was aimed at preventing and combating all forms of violence against children and youth in juvenile institutions.
It was also to train and orient the media to carry out information dissemination in a manner that would preserve the rights, dignity and protection of children, as stated in the United Nations Convection on the Rights of the Child, and Children’s Act.
Topics such as Children’s Rights, Juvenile Rights, the Children and the Media, and how to report on children’s rights issues were tackled.
In protecting the interest, children’s rights and dignity, the CEO of the CRI called on the media to be circumspect in its reportage when it comes to issues affecting the child. Speaking on the topic ‘How to report on Children’s Rights Issues,’ the Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Affail Monney, reiterated on the need for media practitioners to be mindful of issues concerning children.
In order not to abuse the child’s fundamental human rights, the GJA Vice President underlined that it would be more prudent to do diligent research, leading to responsible journalism.
He further charged media practitioners to change the pendulum from reporting on sensational stories, to burning issues such as children’s rights and development.
On his part, the Eastern Regional Chairman of the Association, Mr. Edmond Akwetey Qurnor, thanked the organisers of the workshop, which he indicated, would go a long way in building the capacities of its members.