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The Anidaso Nsae Foundation is a strong proponent for the abolition of corporal punishment in all public and private schools in Ghana.

Corporal punishment is the harmful practice of inflicting physical pain through hitting, caning, slapping, pinching, kicking, throwing or any other similar physical action performed on a student in the context of an educational environment for the purposes of discipline, control or punishment.

In Ghana, the act of corporal punishment is deemed illegal under the directive of the Ghana Educative Service (GES) which has warned teachers against the practice, a stance that is in line with the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC), which was rectified in Ghana in 1990 and subsequently in the Children’s Act of 1998 (Act 560).

Corporal punishment has been demonstrated through numerous studies to be a psychologically and emotionally harmful practice, serving to instill fear upon students and thereby impeding their participation in classroom activities & attendance whilst contributing to higher school drop out rates. The actions of teachers who openly abuse their positions through the use of corporal punishment has also contributed to depression in students, emotional instability, increased levels of fear and apprehension in what should otherwise be a safe environment; and at the most extreme, psychological trauma and physical deformity among victims of severe corporal punishment.

TANF Ghana advocates a safe and responsible learning environment for students attending school and believes that greater academic performance can only be achieved when there is harmony between the student and the educator, which encourages students to participate more openly in the classroom, set themselves higher goals, and subsequently attain better grades.

Though corporal punishment is illegal in Ghana, a lack of resources has resulted in poor implementation of this ban nation wide, resulting in students still suffering from this harmful practice especially in rural areas where GES minders have less efficiency in reaching.

Through its outreach program, TANF Ghana hopes to implement a national helpline whereby students who have suffered from corporal punishment will have an avenue to report this abuse anonymously. Only with greater awareness can there be greater responsibility within schools to realise the detrimental effects of corporal punishment and abolish this practice once and for all.