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Third Batch Of Child Protection Experts Graduate From CUCG

The third batch of participants in the Safeguarding of Minors jointly organized by the Catholic University College of Ghana and the Center for Child Protect (CCP) of the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, have successfully graduated in a colourful ceremony at the Catholic University Campus, Fiapre. .

The four week professional certificate programme offered the requisite knowledge and professional tools required to recognize the signals of abuse and adequately relate to victims of sexual abuse and to their families. Also, through the CCP Programme, participants learnt to put in place proactive preventive measures to safeguarding minors. By participating in the programme, the graduates would be able to respond to the greater need of safeguarding minors. Participants were encouraged to have compassion and be empathetic for abused children and also be passionate to raise awareness on the negative consequences of child sexual abuse.

In a short word of exhortation, the Child Protection Project Manager in Ghana, Rev Fr. Charles Kabir-Bruno encouraged the graduates to cultivate the habit of sharing. He said it is only with the attitude of sharing that one would be able to avail himself or herself to offer professional assistance to the vulnerable in society

In his keynote address, the Vice-Chancellor of CUCG, Professor Daniel Obeng-Ofori indicated that protection of minors must be a collective effort and that having been equipped with the necessary tools, the graduates must endeavor to share their knowledge and skills with humanity, he indicated, it is only in so doing that society would benefit from your training. Professor Obeng-Ofori further indicated that globally, an estimated 95 million children experience abuse annually, with the highest rates reported in Africa. He said, child abuse in Africa is therefore a major threat to the achievement of the sustainable development goals on the continent and has become increasingly topical with a dramatic increase in recognition and an appreciation of the long term harmful effects on the affected population. He indicated that it is refreshing that data on child protection issues are becoming increasingly available in countries like Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and South Africa, but there is still a dearth of reliable information on child trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, street children and the prevalence of harmful sociocultural practices. The National Child Protection study carried out by the Government of Ghana and UNICEF, published in 2014, found that transactional sex (having sex for money, shelter, food and clothes) and children watching pornographic images was the most prevalent forms of sexual abuse within the Volta, Upper West, Upper East, Ashanti, Western and Brong-Ahafo regions of Ghana. He ended his address with a quote from Mother Theresa, "Not all of us can do great things, but everybody can do little things with great love". He thus challenged the graduates to go out and protect vulnerable children with great love.


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