I’m Grace Darko, a member of PAAJAF Foundation. I’m writing an article ‘Child Education.’In Ghana, the rate of child education is very low. About 80% of Ghanaian children are pushed into child labour.
Child Education can be defined as training and teaching a child (i.e. between the ages of 3 years to 18 years) for him or her to gain the knowledge and skills to achieve their aims in life and also earn money. Every year, the rate of child education decreases. This may be due to problems that most of the time happens to both the child and the family.
- peer group pressure
- inadequate school facilities
- lack of government investment in schools
- lack of advertisement of education
Poverty is one of the most common excuses parents give when asked why their children are at home. The only reply they give is “I don’t have money” and because of this they engage their children in child labour. In Ghana 50% of children are seen selling on the streets and most are girls, about 48%. This decreases the number of girls in education.
Most Ghanaian children are influenced by their friends. They take bad advice and learn all sort of bad behaviors from friends. During this time adolescents can get pregnant and become school dropouts and premature parents. Some also engage in using hard drugs such as cocaine and marijuana and then can end up mad and school dropouts. These situations are caused by peer group pressure.
As we all know, Ghana is a developing country and lacks some infrastructure. Some villages in the country do not have the necessary school facilities such as a computer and science laboratory or library. Some children do not even have classrooms to stay in; they sit under trees to learn. A typical example is Gbawe Methodist School and this may result in the failure for many students because children do not practice after school learning. It also affects their vocabulary because students do not read storybooks or do research.
Most politicians do not think about children anymore. For them it is more important to just convince people to vote for them and spend money. So the government does not invest much money in school development projects. All this results ininadequate school facilities.
In most villages, parents do not understand the importance of education and that is why there should be radio or television programmes based on education. It’s one of the reasons that about 93% villagers do not attend school. There are many other problems, but these are the main problems that must be solved by the government, individuals, NGOs and all stakeholders.
My suggestions, as a citizen of Ghana, to help increase the rate of child education are:
Parents should try as much as possible, even suffer, to send their child to school.
The Government should try their best and invest more money in school development projects so that every school in Ghana will be improved.
Television and radio stations should organize programmes based on child education and its importance.
Parents should also try their best to find out the type of friends their children have. Also parents should teach their children about sex education and how hard drugs affect the human body.
I believe that after all these have things are carried out by both government and individuals, the rate of child education will increase and I hope in years to come Ghana will be a developed country.
I would like to appeal to general public to support PAAJAF. This organization is doing good things in our community and making great difference in our lives.
GBAWE METHODIST SCHOOL 2B