- President Nana Akufo-Addo has addressed the UN General Assembly
- He told the UN gathering that, the NPP government has put in place measures that would ensure poverty does not prevent the Ghanaian child from accessing education
- The theme of the General Debate was "Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action, and inclusion"
President Akufo-Addo has stated that his government has done enough to ensure poverty is no longer a barrier to Ghanaian children who seek education.
This, he said, has been achieved through the implementation of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy.
The President was speaking at the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of “The Convention on the Rights of the Child”, on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He said, since its implementation in September 2017, about 1.2 million students have been enrolled on the Free SHS programme.
“I am glad that we are now able to say that education in the public sector is free from Kindergarten to Senior High School, which we have redefined as basic education,” Nana Addo said.
“This initiative has resulted in a significant increase in pupil enrollment, with 1.2 million children currently in Senior High School, the highest in our nation’s history.”
The President said Ghana has a responsibility to live up to the tag of being the first country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
He said, since the ratification of the Convention, a national legislation has been enacted to help lead reforms in education and healthcare.
“We have never been in doubt about the heavy responsibility that goes with Ghana’s position as a trailblazer of the Convention, and have, since its ratification, enacted national legislation, and instituted reforms in education, healthcare, and social protection systems, all aimed at translating the relevant provisions of the Convention into policy and action,” President Akufo-Addo added.
He further called on world leaders to invest more in the development of children, describing them as “our greatest treasure" today.
The President also touted the successes chalked in reducing child mortality and morbidity in Ghana.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) founder in a Facebook post, condemned the youth groups who have threatened former president John Dramani Mahama over the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II brouhaha.
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