The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare on Tuesday directed the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to ensure that child labour is eliminated on cocoa farms.

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The Government has called for an immediate halt to the use of children in advertisements. Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has told Joy News the government believes the practice infringes on the rights of children.

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Mr Bright Appiah, Director of Child's Rights International, on Saturday bemoaned the absence of child correctional centres in the regions of Ghana.

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Andrew Foster, deprived of his hearing by a childhood illness, championed education for the deaf and established a legacy that still flourishes in Africa.

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A recent study on violence against girls in schools has revealed that sexual violence is still prevalent and increasing in spite of the law-the Constitution, Criminal Code, Children's Act, CEDAW and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) criminalizes sexual violence.

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Challenging Heights has called upon the Government to declare the spate of child trafficking in the country as a national crisis and to put the Police on a high alert so as to dismantle the trafficking syndicate, according a release signed by its Executive Director, James Kofi Anaman.

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The fight against child labour in Ghana has always been concentrated in the cocoa farming and fishing areas. The international press has also capitalised on this, and is churning out stories about the use of child labour on cocoa farms in Ghana.

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Ghanaian children have called on African leaders to allocate a sizeable percentage of their budgets to the development of children, arguing that investing in children today will yield immense benefits for posterity.

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On a hot afternoon in Malam Ata market in the centre of Accra, capital of Ghana, when eight-year-olds should be in a classroom learning, or playing with friends, Berikisu is trading her education and health for cash.

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Accra — Eight-year-old Nana Yaw, who is being treated at Central Region's Winneba Government Hospital for a severe respiratory infection, was sold by his mother for US$50 in 2008.

For nearly two years his owners forced him to dive for several hours a day to collect fishing nets in Lake Volta.
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