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Children's Assembly Held in Northern Region

2008-01-15 22:07:38
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African Child
Over 1000 children drawn from 13 primary and Junior secondary schools in 6 communities of the Tolon Kumbungu district have attended a Children's Assembly/ Pre Christmas Party held in Kasuliyili, organized by Baptist Child Development Program and sponsored by Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) at a total cost of about 24 million cedis.

The aim of the Children's Assembly was to bring children from different schools and communities to interact with one another, exhibit their talents through poetry recitals, cultural displays, games and drama, which are the preserve of children living in cities, in order to build the confidence of the children to compete favorably with those in cities. It was also used as an opportunity to talk about Child Rights which is a problem in the communities in order to promote peace for development in those communities.

Speaking at a durbar of parents, teachers and pupils organised to commemorate the Children's Assembly, the Tolon Kumbungu District Director of Education, Yakubu Asani said that he was very thankful to the government for instituting the capitation grant to enable children of all classes to go to school. He therefore informed all parents to send their children to school because it was an offence not to send their children to school. The director advised the children not only to go to school but stay in school as well and cautioned teachers of the district to attend school regularly and not waste teaching time.

The Programs Manager of CCFC, Paul Kofi Twene, on behalf of the Country Director stated that the children's Assembly was very important because it is an opportunity for the children to participate in the activities and work of Baptist Child Development Program and CCFC because participation is an important aspect of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. He said CCFC is interested in children participating because it is an international development organization addressing the needs of children in economically poor areas and is a member of ChildFund International - a child-focused alliance of international organizations who create significant changes in the lives of impoverished children, families, and communities, spending over $400 million U.S. in over 55 countries.

At the end of it all, the children were treated to a hot meal of rice and some soft drinks.

In a similar development, CCFC through its partners, Markas Al Bishara in the Tamale Metropolis and Presbyterian Farmers' and Child Development Program in East Gonja district has feted on separate occasions about 8,152 children from 16 primary and Junior Secondary Schools to a Christmas party at a total cost of over 47 million cedis.

Each child received biscuits, fan pop, fan yogo and kalyppo as part of the Christmas party.


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