Eventually brilliant and gifted students who could have blossomed into scholars

Eventually brilliant and gifted students who could

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Eventually, brilliant and gifted students who could have blossomed into scholars of repute to take charge of the affairs of the country, end up underground (pits) searching for gold as destitute. Also, galamsey in school going children and the youth, if unchecked, grows to destroy the moral fiber of our society, since the youth constitute the soul and blood of the nation. The idea of acquiring money within a simple means has been the motivation behind the children engaging in the illegal mining activities in the mining communities. Most of the young people in such communities do not value the significance of education; hence, choosing galamsey over education. A report by Daily Guide on May 4, 2015 with the headline "Pupils Abandon School for Galamsey" reflected that, indeed galamsey has become the biggest factor to hinder the children from enjoying their right to education. It was revealed in the report that, many children of school going age have abandoned classrooms and are now into full scale illegal mining activities, in view of the cash benefits that come with these activities, despite the associated risks. Moreover, the enrolment figures in most basic schools in the district Daily Guide observed were sharply declining as pupils had put on hold their plans to pursue formal education to chase quick money. These children, ignore the negative impact of this illegal mining activity and rather concentrate on how and ways to engage in this activity to search for gold. Most of them also imitate their siblings and other elderly people who are also seen ignoring school to do galamsey. One can analyze that, most of these young children have not yet understood the significance of education; hence resulting in low attendance of school and low participation in educational activities in the mining communities. Effects of Galamsey on human life These illegal pit workers also do not put in place any measures that will safeguard them from taking risk. With the fact that the illegal sappers are mostly unskillful, they also use unprotected tools and equipment making them a big threat to the nation. We often hear in news the death of some illegal miners caused by a collapse cave or them being buried alive in collapse pits which always brought despondency to every citizen who get access to consume that news due to the fact we all live in one society which is also an effect of this canker due to the proximity of the news.
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