In a recent speech, Ghanaian politician Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo urged the people of his country to focus on improving educational opportunities for the nation’s youth. “My message to the youth of today is, if we start preparing now by transforming our education, our skill-sets, and our economy, we will transform forever, your lives and that of generations to come,” Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said to the press this past Wednesday. Akufo-Addo is one of the founding members of Ghana’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Ghana Committee on Human and Peoples Rights, a non-governmental organization that fights to prevent human rights violations such as unlawful arrests and infractions on freedom of speech.
Akufo-Addo is currently campaigning to unseat Ghana’s Head of State John Dramani Mahama in an upcoming December election. One of the major selling points in Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s campaign has been his emphasis on improving educational opportunities for the youth in Ghana. He has campaigned for free secondary schooling for young people saying that, “The cost of providing free secondary education will be cheaper than the cost of the current alternative of a largely uneducated and unskilled workforce that retards our development.”
The emphasis on schooling in these Ghanaian political campaigns is no surprise considering that access to educational opportunities can make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable children around the world. In fact, article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child expresses the idea that all children have the right to be provided with free primary education.
Unfortunately, thousands of children in Ghana are consistently denied their right to education and are instead forced into dangerous labor conditions. Touch A Life seeks to rescue children, like those shown in the photo on the left, from forced labor in countries like Ghana and provide them with the schooling and care they deserve. Do your part today to improve the lives of these young people by pledging to donate or volunteer to a good cause.