Source: Joseph Kobla Wemakor
The government has been urged to help complement the efforts of the Human Rights Reporters Ghana(HRRG) including other NGOs championing the cause of kidnapping sensitization campaigns in the country to bring activities of kidnappers to a halt.
Mr Samson Dugbaze, the Headmaster of Dominion International School located at Ablekuma-Joma in the Ga West Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region made the plea in an interview on the sidelines of a sensitization exercise on kidnapping conducted by the Human Rights Reporters Ghana on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
The exercise which formed part of the Human Rights group’s campaign that seeks to demystify the phenomenon of kidnapping in Ghana in a bid to help children who are mostly targeted not to fall, victims, saw over 40 pupils vigorously educated.
The students were made to understand the phenomenon of kidnapping as well as the tricks employed by kidnappers to lure unsuspecting victims.
They were equally given tips to serve as guidelines that will immune them from falling victims to tricks of kidnappers whenever they encounter their activities anywhere.
The 1-hour interactive encounter which the participants had with the team of Human Rights Reporters Ghana(HRRG) deployed to the school was fruitful, highlighting disturbing issues and solutions on how to overcome kidnapping in Ghana.
Sharing their experiences, some of the kids opened up to frightening tales which almost looked like an encounter with activities of kidnappers which they’ve managed to escape.
Beatrice, 10-year old class 4 pupil revealed, “On my way to school one fateful morning on a secluded route, I noticed a strange man calling out to me to stop that he wants to ask me a question”,
All of a sudden I felt my heart began to throb and cold gripped me, and sensing danger, I quickly run away as far as my legs could carry me”.
Martin, 12, said, “the community roads are so lonely that sometimes he feels he might be kidnapped by someone when walking alone from school back home”.
The headmaster of the school, Samson Dugbaze making his views known about the exercise said: “It is something that will help us a lot because what we’re experiencing now can affect anyone so having this opportunity to learn is good”.
When asked about his views on what government should do to help curtail the activities of kidnappers in the country, he averred that proper training of kids in both schools and a home is the key.
He, therefore, appealed to government and well-meaning Ghanaians to assist NGOs and CSOs in the country championing various sensitization campaigns including the Human Rights Reporters Ghana to reach out and cover all schools across the country.
The Human Rights Reporters Ghana(HRRG)
The Human Rights Reporters Ghana(HRRG) is an NGO committed to ending all forms of human rights abuses in the country.
Having registered under the Registrar General Department of Ghana as an NGO dated Wednesday, February 13, 2019, HRRG is mandated by law to carry out its objectives to save humanity
The group is made up of a combined group of journalists and human rights activists formed purposely with the aim of shedding light, sounding alarm and drawing the attention of duty bearers to take the necessary actions to tackle issues in a bid to end up all forms of human rights abuses the country is confronted with which limits the freedom and fundamental human rights all and sundry especially women, girls and children who are the most hit.
Since the troubling announcements about the mysterious disappearances of some Ghanaians including the three missing girls in the Western Region who are yet to found, the Human Rights group has never rested on its laurels.
But rather take the initiative to conduct series of sensitization exercises in some private schools in the country where over thousand students were educated on the tricks of kidnappers so as to prevent them from falling victims to the tricks of the kidnappers.
Some of the schools the HRRG team has visited to conduct the exercise include so far include Grand Success Academy, World of Hope International School, The Tower Preparatory and Junior High School and the Hilen Springfield School, all located within the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.