Ghana’s reputation in terms of its human rights records is under siege following the lynching of the 90-year old innocent woman.
This barbaric incident has sparked international condemnations. The BBC, CNN, Aljazeera and other reputable media outlets have aired the videos of the inhumane treatment meted out to Mariama Akua Denteh.
This practice has been common in the northern part of the country and it still continues to wreak traumatic havocs on innocent old women who are accused of being witches and are kept in witches’ camps.
There is a bigger picture in this issue which appears to have eluded us. Lack of education is the greatest challenge to this noxious phenomenon. Though great strides have been made, the illiteracy rate in the northern part of the country is still high.
Most of the people in these areas have their education curtailed after writing BECE. President Akufo-Addo, in his overwhelming desire to see to the human development needs of the country and to give the next generation of Ghanaians hope, has introduced the Free SHS programme.
There are still others who are yet to respond to the Free SHS call after BECE. We must make conscious efforts to get all of these children enrolled in schools.
Ghanaians must, therefore, rally behind President Akufo-Addo in his quest to see to the education of all Ghanaian children. It is through education that such superstitious beliefs could be overcome. The more people get educated, the more enlightened they become, thereby retiring such outmoded cultural and religious practices.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.