Mr James Obeng Jnr, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Coordinator for the National Disaster and Management Organization (NADMO), has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to introduce safety education in the curriculum to improve the level of knowledge and awareness on safety among citizens to reduce the increasing cases of kidnap and other safety-related incidents in the country.
According to him, many children in the Metropolis lack the basic knowledge in safety to either sense or detect danger in their environment in addition to the skills to avert an impending danger when they are confronted with one.
Speaking in an interview with journalists on this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) commemoration, he also lamented on the increasing cases of kidnaps in the Metropolis as well as the numerous accidents which could be averted if citizens had basic knowledge in safety.
“From my research, no one can buy security. Per our experience in Sekondi-Takoradi and the whole of Ghana, a lot of people lack knowledge in safety. The kidnaps and many accidents we have experienced could be averted in the Metropolis if victims had safety backgrounds. I believe safety should be introduced as a non-scoring course that will be taught at all levels of the educational system to prepare citizens for all forms of dangers or threats in real life”, he said.
He, therefore, called on the GES to consider introducing safety in the curriculum to create safety awareness among citizens to avert kidnaps and other safety-related incidents and advocating for basic safety to be taught at the basic level while advanced safety also is taught at the higher level.
Mr Obeng also lamented the worrying situation in the Metropolis where children lack basic knowledge in practical safety in their household and on the streets.
He observed that safety education can easily correct such a deficiency for the effective protection of children.
“It’s a worrying situation where children can misplace their belongings in a commercial car yet they cannot recognize either the car’s registration number or color. I don’t think that should be a challenge for them, also children should know when to pass through the rains and when to sense danger. When gas is on, children must recognize that using a phone around it is not advisable, furthermore when someone knocks at your door, the child has to allow the adult to open”, he stressed.
This, he believes when taught, can reduce the numerous incidents of kidnaps and avoidable accidents in the Metropolis and the country at large.