Story by Carlos Afanou

Mrs. Roberta Okyere-Darko (the founder of the Roberta Okyere-Darko Foundation, a non-governmental organization) has challenged all parents particular mothers to show key interest in the materials their children learn on the internet in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her speech, mothers has a greater responsibility in this time that children are home due to COVID-19 pandemic.

This took place during a panel discussion organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the Ministry of Information in Accra today, Monday, May 11,2020, to mark this year's Mother's Day celebration.
Mrs Selikem Acolatse (left) moderating the panel discussion. The members are Mrs Mercy Mainoo of NETRIGHT (middle) and Mrs Roberta Okyere-Darko

The event was moderated by Mrs Seikem Acolatse, the host of the Women's Voice show on GTV, and it was themed: "The role of mothers in the face of COVID-19 pandemic"

Mrs Okyere-Darko explained that although many parents are helping their children to study on the internet with tools such as tablets, phones and other computers, they must be extra careful about the content their children study.

She stressed that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought additional responsibilities on parents, particularly mothers and for that matter the time is ripped for mothers to brace themselves for the occasion.

In furtherance, she encouraged mothers to be strong and hardworking, saving time to cook for the family in order to discourage their children from eating on the streets to prevent the risk of contracting the COVID-19 disease. She added that it is time for children to eat good food to boost their immune system.

Per her contribution, Mrs Mercy Mainoo of NETRIGHT,   said that mothers owe the responsibility to supervise what their children learn on the internet. She added that mothers must adjust their lifestyle to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing out that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way of life of many parents around the world, of which Ghana is of no exception.

Mrs Mercy Mainoo was of the view that parents must make effort to explain to their children the issue at hand in the country since the children as well as their parents are not used to this type of lifestyle. She said that parents ability to do so would help their children to appreciate the situation and and to cooperate with them on certain protocols.

As part of her speech, Mrs Mercy Mainoo, urged parents to seize the opportunity to teach their children some life skills such as cooking.

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison, commended Ghanaian woman for their contributions to the development of the country. She sang the praises of the women whose children are with special needs such as autism and palsy for their resilience. She also praised men for their support for women and their children, saying that some men are playing the roles of mothers.

In conclusion, the Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide,  said the Akufo Addo led government was very particular about the welfare of Ghanaian woman and would continue to introduce women-sensitive programmes and interventions to lessen the plight of Ghanaian women.

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