Mr Joseph Jackson, President of the Rotaract Club, of Accra, a Non- Profit Organisation , has advised children to be curious and acquire knowledge for meaningful life.
He said their curiosity would enable them to know about issues they were hitherto ignorant of.
Mr Jackson gave the advice at a programme, “Sharing the Joy of Christmas” organised by the Street Children Empowerment Foundation (SCEF), a Non-Profits Organisation in collaboration with Rotaract Club of Ghana and Amazing Women of God, in Accra to celebrate Christmas with street connected children.
“Sharing the Joy of Christmas” is an annual event organised to put smiles on the faces of street children and their families with the presentation of hampers filled with Christmas goodies.
Mr Jackson said knowledge was in books, therefore children must form a habit of reading, and make use of the library.
He said the existence of libraries would ensure that knowledge and technology were available to everyone, not to only those who could afford.
“This is more than charity work; this helps raise the education levels of society as a whole,” he said.
Mrs Dela Bedjirah, member of Amazing Women of God, a charitable group in Accra, said they wanted to express their love to street connected children in Christmas, hence, they made some donations according to the wish-list of the Foundation.
The items presented included water closets, ceiling and standing fans, and note books.
Mr Kojo Bosomtwe, Acting Programmes Manager, SCEF, who received the donations on behalf of SCEF, expressed gratitude for the donation and assured that they would be put to good use.
Mr Yakubu Issah, Communications and Advocacy Officer, SCEF, called for the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of street children while organising vocational training for their parents to empower them to enable them cater for their children after the five years stay with the Foundation.
He said without any form of preparation for the future they could be a threat to society.
He said the celebration was an opportunity to reach out to the children with love and to put smile on their faces, and also create avenues for children in the community to express their joy and potentials in arts and craft work.
Mr Issah called on other charitable organisations, philanthropists and individuals to join the cause of ensuring that the children accessed the right to education, grew up with their families and had decent and meaningful lives.
The Foundation presented hampers to street children at Arts Centre in Accra as well.
It will organise a street advocacy campaign in selected spots in and around Accra through its “Face-to-Face campaign”.