News Release

Church Program Lends Support to Child Protection System in Ghana

On July 14, 2015 Vice-President, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur announced a new child and family welfare policy designed to protect the rights of children in Ghana.  The policy is designed to prevent child abuse and exploitation.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places a high importance on teaching children about God’s plan and helping them follow the example of Jesus Christ. To help accomplish this goal, the Church sponsors the Primary organization for children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years.  Primary was instituted in the Church on 25 August 1878.  This year marks the 137th anniversary of its founding.

Primary is designed to supplement the religious instruction given by parents. Children meet during worship services each Sunday in over 200 congregations across Ghana to discuss Church doctrine, participate in learning activities and sing songs.  Children of all ages have the opportunity to participate in these meetings by giving talks on gospel subjects.  During Primary time on Sunday, children also meet in small classes for lessons with other children of the same age.  These lessons are taught by adult members of the congregation, who are asked to volunteer their time for this calling.  Over one million  children attend Primary in the world.

In launching the new policy for Ghana the Vice-President said that it has become imperative to “take urgent steps to review the entire child protection system and put in place one that is fit for Ghana and designed to be more proactive in preventing child abuse and exploitation.” (Daily Graphic 15 July 2015)

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