The SOS Children’s Village Kumasi (SOS CV Kumasi) held a training workshop for mothers, aunties and some selected mothers under its Family Strengthening Programme at Asokore-Mampong Municipal as part of its empowerment drive.
The workshop is part of a series of training programme the village organizes to equip caregivers with essential skills to provide quality care for children. The four-day training workshop was facilitated by officials from the Asokore-Mampong Municipal Assembly, Asokore-Mampong Municipal Health Directorate, the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), and the Department of Social Welfare among others.
Speaking on the first day of the training, Mr. Collins Ohene Gyan, Municipal Planning Officer at the Asokore-Mampong Municipal Assembly took the mothers through some basic steps in developing better financial habits, setting financial goals and how to draft effective budget.
On the second day, Mrs. Patricia Kyeremateng Brerchie, Regional Director, Department of Social Welfare took her turn to speak about some factors to identify and use in grooming the talent of children.
She pointed out that natural factors as well as environmental factors such as emotional status, family set-up, peer influence, social status, cultural believes etc. had profound influence on children’s ability to develop their talents.
For his part, Mr. Effah Kwaw Ernest, the Municipal Nutrition Officer of the Asokore-Mampong Municipal Health Directorate on the third day, educated the mothers on ways to ensure good health.
He outlined a number of factors that promote good health including good standard physical care, hygiene, nutrition as well as clothing and environment for children and young in the family and community.
On the fourth day, Alhaji Abudu Baba, the Municipal Director of NCCE educated the mothers on ways to instill patriotism and good neighborliness in children. His presentation also highlighted issues such as forms of corruption, conflict of interest and nepotism.
Mrs. Esther Apraku, Director at the Social Welfare Department at Asokore-Mampong Municipal spoke on the topic, “Determining the best interest of children”, highlighted the rights and responsibilities of children.
She advised the mothers to give children a voice in decision-making by incorporation their views in every decision-making process.
After the workshop, the social worker of SOS CV Kumasi, Mrs. Ellen Appiah on behalf of the village thanked the facilitators for their selfless services and urged the mothers to apply the knowledge they had gained to promote the welfare of the children entrusted in their care.