Drama project launched to curb child abuse in N/R

BY: Samuel Duodu
Scenes at the live stage drama in one of the communities
Scenes at the live stage drama in one of the communities

The Northern Regional Centre for National Culture (CNC), in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has launched a drama project to stop child abuse in the region.

 The project is aimed at educating residents in the region on the effects of child abuse and also to create awareness and encourage the public to treat children well and to desist from all forms of child abuse.

The project, titled "Ghanaians Against Child Abuse (GACA)," is being implemented in the Tolon and the Kpandai districts and West Mamprusi municipality where local drama groups were given training to carry out the project.

As part of the project, live drama performances were undertaken at Dimabi, Sabiegu and Kpalsogu in the Tolon District, Nayoko and Wungu in the West Mamprusi municipality and Oyumbo and Japido in the Kpandai District.

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Live dramas

The Northern Regional Director of the CNC, Madam Gladys N. Tang, said the project, through live dramas, was aimed at stopping child abuse in various forms in the Northern Region.

In all the eight communities where the live dramas were performed, some parents, children and some members of the public interviewed said they had been enlightened on the dangers of child abuse and pledged to amend their ways and go by what they had learnt.

Before the dramas were staged in the eight communities, some parents were engaged in negative practices such as insulting children and placing curses on them, child neglect, leaving adopted children and house helps uneducated, caning children and not providing them with their needs.

"Children are useful to the family and the community and we now know that all children are the same and they should be treated equally, whether they are your biological children or not. We have to train and care for them properly instead of leaving them to take their own paths", Abdul Rahman Habib, Diema-Naa of Dimabi community, stated.

UNICEF as sponsors

Through the dramas being sponsored by UNICEF and implemented by the Northern Regional CNC, three foster children who were being used as house helps and were not in school have been sent to school.

Some of the communities where the dramas were staged acknowledged that live drama was preferred because radio drama could not be assessed when there was no electricity or no money to buy batteries or credit to use the phone to listen to the radio.

The GACA drama was also performed during the Regional Festival of Arts and Culture (REGIFEST) 2018 held at the Jubilee Park in Tamale on November 1, 2018 to encourage parents to adopt better ways to treat children with love, care and patience.