One of the leading names in the legal fraternity in Ghana, Akoto Ampaw is of the view that it is now imperative that the teaching and learning of Human Rights are added to the the country’s education curriculum and must be a compulsory course or subject so that every Ghanaian child has a degree of knowledge about his own rights and responsibilities and also the rights and responsibilities of others.
He was emphatic in his assertion that adding the teaching and learning of human rights in the various levels of education would ensure citizens are knowledgeable about their rights and so therefore are able to fully appreciate the rights of others.
“I can assure you that if we had human rights as part of our education, by the time children leave junior high school and senior high school and go into society, they would have a measure of what their rights are and what the rights of fellow citizens are,” he said.
He expressed his staunch believe at a workshop for Civil Social Organisations (CSOs) on the United Universal Periodic Review (UN UPR), the UN mechanism used to measure countries’ human rights records and compliance with human rights values.
It was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the POS Foundation, a CSO, and dubbed: “CSO’s Report Submission: The use of technology amidst COVID-19 in the promotion of Ghana’s human rights record under UN UPR Mechanism for the 4th Cycle Review”.