Amid Ghana Comprehensive Sexuality Education Debate, Bishop wants Responsible Parenthood

Archbishop John Kwofie of Accra with parents at the Accra Archdiocesan Feast Day of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Society on October 5, 2019

In the face of civil societies and faith-based organizations in Ghana being opposed to the introduction of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in the school curriculum, a Church leader is urging parents and guardians to live up to their role as children’s primary educators, this responsibility is inalienable.

“Responsibilities given to parents and families by God is non-negotiable and cannot be taken over by any institution,” the Chairman of Education Commission of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie said.

“It is from families that the citizens are born, hence become the first school. Parents should not shy away from their responsibilities,” Archbishop Kwofie told parents at the Accra Archdiocesan Feast Day of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Society held Saturday, October 5.

“The State has the responsibility to consult parents and families in matters concerning the education of their children,” the Archbishop said in relation to CSE.

Addressing himself to government authorities pushing for CSE, the Archbishop of Accra asked officials of the relevant ministry to be humble and acknowledge that they have wrongly introduced an education policy, which is not good for children in the West African nation characterized with a rich cultural identity worth preserving. 


“Ghana, as a nation, has a social and cultural identity to protect by ensuring the children are taught the proper curriculum,” the Spiritan Prelate observed. 

Earlier this year, the government of Ghana in collaboration with the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched the CSE programme, terming it a way of empowering young people and adolescents on matters sexuality.

However, CSE has been opposed by different religious and civil society groups in the country after being interpreted as a move to introduce homosexuality to school-going children.  

Speaking to ACI Africa correspondent on the sidelines of the feast day celebration, Obaapanin Gloria Kwasie, a retired Educationist said, “Fathers and mothers have a way of handling their children in matters concerning sexuality but not to live it to teachers in school.”

“We (parents) are ever ready to educate our children on sexuality in our own way,” she added. 

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Another retired Educationist Opanin Mamaa Rosa Sam, told ACI Africa, “Parents must be allowed to groom their children on sexuality.”