It’s a pity this article from the Ghanaian Times didn’t make it online – it’s a glimpse, albeit a brief one, at the pressures on public space in Ghana’s cities:

“Mr Kwesi Hutchful, Tema Metropolitan Director of Education, has expressed concern over the rate at which open spaces in the Tema metropolis are being converted into shopping centres, leaving children with few places to play.

The situation, he noted, had forced most of the children to go roaming the streets and exposing themselves to danger, and therefore urged the Tema Metropolitan Asssembly to take steps to protect the few open spaces left.”

Cities need shopping centres, but they need playgrounds too. Browse our Delicious bookmarks for more articles on child safety issues in Accra and beyond.