Parent and Child Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has started a project to rescue children engaged in worst forms of child labour in fishing communities.
Currently, the organisation has targeted about 1,500 children whose education it will support in line with the national action to eliminate all forms of child labour by 2015.
The organisation with support from the International Labour Organisation through the International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour, has indentified and supported more than 700 children in the Dangme East District, with support from the Dangme East District Assembly.
Executive Director of the Parent and Child Foundation, Mrs. Elizabeth Danquah, at a ceremony at Ada to present educational materials to the children, regretted that children were still engaged in worst forms of child labour.
She stated that since children were the future leaders of the country, it was important that they were given the needed support and encouragement so that they could achieve their dreams.
Mrs Danquah urged parents and leaders in fishing communities to lead the way by ending child trafficking in their respective communities.
The District Social Welfare Officer, Divine Exorgbe, said his outfit was currently investigating two cases of child trafficking in the district noting “these negative practices have become normal in many of these communities and this makes it difficult to be controlled”.
The situation, he said, equally requires the assistance and collaboration of parents and opinion leaders to join forces to address, adding that some parents saw the practice or challenge as normal not thinking of its effect on the children in the future.
The Deputy District Coordinator, David Tuglo, urged parents to live up to their responsibilities and send their children to school.
He said it was only when the children had better education that they could become very resourceful people and contribute immensely to the family, the community and the country as a whole.
Meanwhile, the NGO has set up watchdog committees in a number of communities along the Ada coastal area to educate the people on the negative effects of child trafficking and to report cases of child trafficking to the police.