Speech by the Director of Development (Mr. Eric Nyarko) at the launch of Adolescent Health and development 2018
Date: Thursday 8 November 2018
Time: 10am – 11am
Good morning. I am pleased/elated to be part of this important School Health and Education Program (SHEP)-Adolescent Health and Development.
Nana chair, The District Chief Executive, PM, Health Director, GES Director, Head teachers, The Clergy, CS’, Teachers, Students– All protocol observed.
School is one of the settings where health is created or compromised and at the same time a right place where knowledge, skills and attitudes that contribute to the holistic development of a child are required.
School health promotion activities aimed at equipping school children with accurate knowledge on health issues for health enhancing lifestyle and decision making. This intervention is being implemented in collaboration with the district directorates of Ghana Health service and Ghana Education service.
Nana Chair, the main purpose of this gathering is to support adolescent health and development program in the Kwahu East District and to facilitate child to child dissemination of quality health information amongst pupils and students in basic and second cycle schools through school health clubs and outreach activities.
In 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published some guidance on the implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence. A child is anyone under 18. The Committee emphasized “the importance of valuing adolescence and its associated characteristics as a positive developmental stage of childhood.”
I believe that all facets of society – including health professionals and health service providers, Ghana Education service – play a crucial role in promoting and supporting these social assets, which are essential for the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
Nana Chair, we need to build partnerships at all levels – one sector cannot carry the weight alone. We need to build dynamic and flexible relationships to be able to address the issues with adolescent health and development.
Finally, I hope that this program will provide all of us an opportunity to listen to and engage with young people, and to adopt a positive and holistic approach to addressing their needs. Let us continue to work together to improve on the health of children.
BAF will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure sustainability of activities.
Thank you very much for your kind attention.