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ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE PERIOD: JANUARY – DECEMBER, 2018 ON THE GIRLS ADVOCACY ALLIANCE PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION IN THE BEKWAI MUNICIPALITY IN THE ASHANTI REGION

PREPARED BY:
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES INITIATIVES GHANA (RRIG)
P.O.BOX UP 658, KNUST-KUMASI

SUBMITTED TO:
THE GHANA NGOs COALITION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (GNCRC)
P.O.BOX CT 976, CANTONMENT-ACCRA
REDISENTS ADDRESS: 32 TROAS RODA, OSU-ACCRA

JANUARY, 2019
1.0 INTRODUCTION
This report highlights the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) programme activities carried out by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region for the period January – December, 2018. The GAA programme focuses on the following 4 thematic areas:
Ending Child Marriage
Ending Sexual Violence and Abuse
Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Promoting access to Technical Vocational and Educational Training and decent employment opportunities for Girls and Young Women
2.0 THEME
The theme for the Girls Advocacy Alliance programme is Advocating for Girls’ Right: Equal Rights and Opportunities for Girls and Young Women in Ghana.
3.0 PROJECT AREA
The project is implemented in ten (10) selected communities in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Below is the list of the project communities:
Ankaase
Asanso
Asokwa
Bekwai Zongo
Bogyawe
Denyase
Kookyerekrom
Kwamang
Nyameduase
Sanfo Aduam
4.0 IMPLEMENTED ACTIVITIES FROM JANUARY – DECEMBER, 2018
4.1 Training of School Based Facilitators in all the 10 GAA Project Schools
A – day training was organized by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) for School Based Facilitators in the 10 Girls Advocacy Alliance project schools in the Bekwai Municipality. The purpose of the training was to build the capacity of School Based Facilitators in the project school to adequate approach and resolve child protection issues reported to them. A total of 14 participants were present, where 2 were male and 12 were female. Among participants were School Based Facilitators from Pepedan SDA JHS, Kwamang M/A JHS, Bogyawe M/A JHS, Ankase M/A JHS, Sanfo Aduam M/Am JHS, Asokwa SDA JHS, Anglican JHS, Asanso M/A JHS and Denyase M/A JHS, Girl Child Coordinator for Bekwai Ghana Education Service, Deputy Coordinating Director and staff of RRIG.

4.2 Follow up on Community Child Protection Committee in the 10 project communities
5 follow up was undertaken on Community Child Protection Committees in all the 10 GAA project communities to access the status of 4 thematic areas of the GAA program in the communities in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region. The discussions were centered on:
The negative effects of Gender Based Violence (GBV) on children
The link between GBV and HIV and AIDS
Drafting of bye-laws to protect children in the project communities
Identified child protection issues for the necessary referrals


4.3 International Women’s Day Celebration at Boyawe M/A JHS on the theme “Press for Progress”
RRIG celebrated the International Women’s Day with the Bogyawe M/A JHS on the theme “Press for Progress”. The purpose of the celebration was to empower girls to promote gender inclusiveness in the community and the Bekwai Municipality as a whole. A total of 119 participants were present where 56 were female and 63 were male. Among the participants were pupils and teachers of Bogyawe M/A JHS, Community Child Protection Committee, the National Youth Advocate for Ashanti Region and staff of RRIG. Dora Oteng, a Youth Advocate in the Bogyawe M/A JHA made strong emphasis that girl child education is very important in nation building and the best strategy to end Child Marriage.


4.4 Community Child Protection Committee Review Meetings
3 Review Meetings were organized by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) for Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) in the 10 GAA project communities in the Bekwai Municipality to access the status of the 4 thematic areas of the GAA project in the project communities as well as to share experiences among CCPC. The meeting comprises of 2 representatives from each of the 10 project communities. Please find below the total participants reached during the period under review.
Date Male Female Total

20/03/2018 10 7 17 10/07/2018 10 7 17

22/01/2019 11 8 19

Total 31 22 53

4.5 District Child Protection Committee Review Meeting
2 meetings were organized for the District Child Protection committee in the Bekwai Municipal Assembly to strengthen collaboration among the Child Protection institutions and to access the status of the 4 thematic areas of the GAA project in the Bekwai Municipality. Among the institutions include; Department of Social Welfare, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ghana Education Service, National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Gender Office, Deputy Coordinating Director and staff of RRIG. Please find below the total participants reached during the period under review.
Date Male Female nTotal

21/03/2018 5 4. 9

23/01/2019 8 5 13

Total 13 9 22

4.6 Monitoring visit to Bekwai Municipality by Ghana NGOs Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC), Plan International Ghana and Defence for Children International (DCI) – ECPAT Netherlands
A day monitoring visit was undertaken in the Bekwai Municipality by the donors of the GAA programme. The monitoring team includes: GNCRC, Plan International Ghana, DCI-ECPAT Netherlands and staff of RRIG. The purpose of the visit was to monitor the progress of the project since its inception in the Bekwai Municipality. Among the visited key actors was:
Queen Mother of Bekwai Traditional Council
Department of Social Welfare
Gender Office
Deputy Coordinating Director
Assembly Member for Bekwai Zongo
Community Child Protection Committee in Ankaase, Asokwa, Denyase and Nyameduase Youth Advocate in Boyawe


4.7 International Children’s Day celebration at SDA JHS on the theme “Leaving no child behind in ending violence against the child”
International Children’s Day was celebrated at SDA JHS in the Askowa Community in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region. The day was celebrated to educate children about their rights in accordance to the Declaration on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights and the Child. It was also dedicated to a theme of bringing awareness to children who have succumbed to violence in forms of exploitation, abuse and discrimination. The theme adopted by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana for the celebration was “Leaving no child behind in ending violence against the child”. A total of 187 participants were present where 101 were female and 86 were male. Participants included students and teachers of SDA JHS, Asokwa Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) members and staff of RRIG.


4.8 Community Radio Discussion on Child Rights at Ankaase and Kwamang Communities
RRIG organized a Community Radio discussion at Ankaase and Kwamang and their surrounding communities on Child Rights with reference to the Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Table 1 depicts the total of number of people reached:
Name of Community/ No. of people reached

Ankaase and surrounding communities /
2,180

Kwamang and Abesewa community/
800

Total -. 2,980

4.9 PTA Meetings at Ankaase M/A JHS
RRIG was invited to attend two (2) PTA meetings at the Ankaase M/A JHS. The meeting stressed on the parent-teacher, child-teacher and child-parent relationships as a strategy to improve academic performance on children in schools. Both teachers and parents were enlightened about their role in protecting children from violence, abuse, exploitation, cruelty and neglect.


4.10 World Day against Child Labour celebration at Kwamang M/A JHS on the theme “Generation safe and health”
Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) celebrated the 2018 World Day against Child Labour in Kwamang M/A JHS premises. The theme for the celebration was generation safe and health. The rationale for the celebration was to raise the awareness on the negative of child labour on the education and health of children. A total of 62 participants were present, 32 were female and 30 male. Among the participants were students and teachers of Kwamang M/A JHS and staff of RRIG.


4.11 International Day of the African Child Celebration at Ankaase M/A JHS on the theme “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”
RRIG celebrated the 2018 International Day of the African Child at Ankase M/A JHS in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region. The theme for the celebration was “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development. The celebration focused on the need to mainstream children’s rights in all the Agenda 2030 developmental program implemented by member states. It also highlighted the need to ensure that “no child is left behind” by specifically targeting those who are not benefiting from Africa’s growth and development. A total of 56 participated in the program where 23 were female and 33 were male. Among the participants were students and teachers of Ankase M/A JHS, Bekwai Girl Child Coordinator and staff of RRIG.


4.12 Monitoring visit to School Based Facilitators (SBF) in all the 10 GAA project schools
Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) undertook a monitoring visit to the School Based Facilitators (SBF) in all the 10 Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) Project Schools in the Bekwai Municipality. The purpose of the visit was to monitor the action plans and programs of the SBF in relation to 4 thematic areas of the GAA project: ending Child Marriage, Sexual Violence and Abuse, Commercial Sexual Exploitation among Children (CSEC) and improve access to TVET and decent employment opportunities for Girls and Young Women in the Bekwai Municipality. Among the schools visited were:
Anglican JHS
Ankase M/A JHS
Asanso M/A JHS
Bogyawe M/A JHS
Denyase M/A JHS
Islamic JHS
SDA JHS
Kwamang M/A JHS
Pepedan SDA JHS
Sanfo Aduam M/A JHS


4.13 Training for Champions of Change
A day training was organized by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) for Champions of Change from all the 10 GAA project communities in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region. The training aimed at empowering champions to speak out against Gender Based Violence in ending Child Marriage, Sexual Violence and Abuse, Commercial Sexual Exploitation among Children and Child Labour in the municipality. A total of 24 participants were present, where 13 were male and 11 were female. Participants comprised of Community Child Protection Committee in all the 10 project communities, Girl Child Coordinator for Bekwai Ghana Education Service, Department of Social Welfare, Youth Advocate and staff of RRIG.


4.14 Segmented Focus Group Meetings
Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana undertook 10 segmented group meeting in 9 Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) project communities using the child protection flash cards to discuss child protection issues that affect child welfare and development. The purpose of the meetings is to initiate processes to protect children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in ending Child Marriage, Sexual Violence and Abuse, Commercial Sexual Exploitation among Children (CSEC) and access to TVET and decent employment opportunities for Girls and Young Women in the Bekwai Municipality. A total of 324 participated in the meetings where 80 are male and 244 female. Among the participants were Youth Group, Parents and Guardians, Women Group, Men Group and Community Leaders. The table below depicts the participants who attended the meeting.
Community Target Group Male. Female Total

Bogyawe Parents/ Guardians 9. 33
42

Ankase. Parents/ Guardians 11 67
78

Kwamang Women Group. 3 17
20

Kookyerekrom Youth Group 5. 7
12

St. John SHS 6. 9
15

Denyase. Community Leader 5. 4
9

Nyameduase Parents/ Guardians 9 41
50

Asokwa Men Group 16 2
18

Asanso Parents/ Guardians 15 18
33

Bekwai Zongo Fathful Islamic School 1 46
47

Total. 80 24 432

4.15 International Youth Day celebration at Bekwai Zongo Community on the theme “Time and Space greatest currency for Youth Development”
Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana visited the youth in the Bewkai Zongo Community to join them in celebrating the International Youth Day on August 12, 2018 on the theme “time and space greatest currency for Youth Development. The celebration focused on creating safe spaces for youth to take initiatives of their own welfare and development. A total of 73 people were reached where 37 were female and 36 were male. The table blow depicts the sex disaggregation of participants reached during the period under review.
Name of Youth Group
No. of male reached
No. of female reached
Total

Hussainiya Islamic School
36
37
73

4.17 2018 National Girls Camp on the GAA programme
The 3 GAA Alliance team (Ghana NGOs Coalition on the Rights of the Child, Plan International Ghana and Defence for Children International Ghana) organized a one – week camp meeting at the GNAT Hostel Nungua, Accra dated 19th-25th August, 2018 for some selected girls from the Rights of the Child Clubs in the GAA project schools in the Ashanti, Upper West, Northern and Eastern Regions of Ghana. The camp meeting was to create a platform for girls to share their experiences and to acquire skills and knowledge to protect themselves from abuses, violence, exploitation and other forms of harm. A total 11 participants were selected from RRIG project district (the Bekwai Municipality) to participate in the camp meeting of which 9 were members of the Rights of the Child Club, the Girl Child Coordinator for Bekwai Ghana Education Service and the Programme Manager for RRIG.
4.18 Mid-Year Review Meeting of the GAA programme in the Bekwai Municipality
A two-day mid-year review was conducted in the Bekwai Municipality to access the impact of the project on beneficiaries. The review was conducted by 2 staff from the Kanko Associates, a consultant hired by the 3 Alliance Team. The following groups were visited during the period under review:
No.
District Child Protection Committee (DCPC)
Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC)
Rights of the Child Club (ROCC)

1.
Department of Social Welfare
Bekwai Zongo
Islamic JHS

2.
Ghana Health Service
Nyameduase
Pepedan SDA JHS

3.
National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE)
Ankaase

4.
Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)
Asokwa

5.
Gender Officer
Denyase

6.
Ghana Education Service

7.
Queen Mother of Asante Bekwai Traditional Council

4.19 International Day of the Girl Child celebration at the Hussainiya Islamic School on the theme “With Her: A Skilled Girlforce”
On Saturday, October 13, 2018 Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) joined the adolescent girls of the Hussainiya Islamic School in the Bekwai Zongo Community in the Bekwai Municipality of Ashanti Region to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child (IDG) on the theme “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”. The purpose of the celebration was to interact with the adolescent girls on their educational and career aspiration for the future and to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. A total of 35 participants were present of which 33 were female and 2 were male. The table below depicts the participants that were present for the program
No.
Participant
Female
Male
Total

1.
Hussainya Islamic School
32
0
31

2.
Religious leader
0
1
1

3.
RRIG
2
1
3

4.20 Training for Rights of the Child Clubs in all the 10 GAA project schools in the Bekwai Municipality
RRIG organized a training session for the 10 Rights of the Child Club in the Bekwai Municipality. The purpose of the training was to empower girls to be assertive and to protect themselves from violence, abuse and all forms of exploitation using the community sensitization toolkits. The topic for the training was “Boys and Girls Role Analysis and its impact on the wellbeing of the girl child”. A total of 297 people participated in the training of which 271 were female and 26 were male. The table below shows the total participants who were present during the training sessions:
No.
Date
Community
Name of school
Male
Female
Total

1.
16/10/2018
Kwamang
Kwamang M/A JHS
1
48
49

2.
17/10/2018
Bekwai Zongo
Islamic JHS
4
44
48

3.
18/10/2018
Nyameduase
Anglican JHS
1
25
26

4.
19/10/2018
Bekwai Zongo
Islamic JHS
1
42
43

5.
22/10/2018
Kookyerekrom
Pepedan SDA JHS
1
26
27

6.
03/11/2018
Bogyawe
Bogyawe M/A JHS
1
38
39

7.
04/11/2018
Asanso
Asanso Community
1
8
9

8.
05/11/2018
Ankaase
Ankaase M/A JHS
1
11
12

9.
12/01/2019
Denyase
Denyase M/A JHS
14
15
29

10.
13/01/2019
Sanfo Aduam
Sanfo Aduam M/A JHS
1
14
15

Total

26
271
297

4.21 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the 10 GAA project communities in the Bekwai Municipality
RRIG embarked on community sensitizations in all the 10 project communities to mark the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence including School-related Gender Based Violence in the Bekwai Municipality. The purpose of the campaign was to raise the awareness of children, parents/ guardians, community leaders, religious and traditional leaders about the negative consequences of Sexual and Gender Based Violence on the child, family, Community and the nation as a whole. A total of 1,374 participants were reached where 903 were female and 471 were male. The table below shows the participants who were reached during the period under review.
No.
Date
Community
Male
Female
Total

1.
01/12/2018
Bekwai Zongo
1
28
29

2.
08/12/2018
Ankaase
17
44
61

3.
09/12/2018
Bogyawe
26
43
69

4.
15/01/2019
Asanso
11
33
44

5.
16/01/2019
Denyase
8
7
15

6.
17/01/2019
Kookyerekrom
20
2
22

7.
19/01/2019
Nyameduase
18
29
47

8.
20/01/2019
Kwamang/Abesewa
16
48
64

9.
27/01/2019
Sanfo Aduam
4
19
23

10.
03/02/2019
Asokwa (Wesley Senior High School
350
650
1,000

471
903
1,374

5.0 KEY MESSAGES
Every child has the right to life, education, health and the benefits of scientific progress.
There should be a zero tolerance for school drop-out and absenteeism.
Teenage mothers should be encouraged to return to school
The best strategy of ending Child Marriage, Sexual Violence and Abuse, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Child labour is to keep girls in school longer to achieve their economic independence through Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) programmes.
6.0 DONATION
A total of 520 pieces of exercise books were donated to five (5) Rights of the Child Club (ROCC) in 5 GAA project schools in the Bekwai Municipality. Among the 520 pieces of exercise books donated, 100 pieces of exercise books was donated to each of the following schools: Bogyawe M/A JHS, Bekwai SDA JHS, Kwamang M/A JHS, Hussainya Islamic School and Ankaase M/A during the 2018 International Women’s Day, International Children’s Day, World Day against Child Labour, International Day of the Girl Child and International Day of the African Child. The remaining 20 pieces of exercise books including school bag and pens were donated to support 2 students: Ankaase M/A JHS and Denyase M/A Primary School during their re-entry to the mentioned school after dropping out of school for 1 year. This donation was done through the Community Child Protection Committees in Ankaase and Denyase.
7.0 NEWS PUBLICATION
3 reports have been published by the Ghana News Agency and the Kessben Multimedia. Please find below the headlines for the news publications:
No.
Activity
Headlines
Media House

1.
International Women’s Day 2018
Young girls urged to do away with negative acts
Ghana News Agency

2.
International Youth Day 2018
Statement: International Youth Day 2018 – Safe spaces for Youth (kessbenfm.com)
Kessben Multimedia

3.
International Day of the Girl Child 2018
Adekye kokobo show-online interview with the Executive Director of RRIG on the International Day of the Girl Child (see appendix 1 for the recorded interview)
Kessben Multimedia

SUCCESS STORIES
3 girls have been rescued from Child Marriage in the Bogyawe and Denyase communities through the support of the Community Child Protection Committees in the mentioned communities.
5 teenage mothers in the Asanso Community in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region have returned to school after constant engagement with Community Child Protection Committee in the Community.
Community members are slowly changing and responding to the project objectives of advocating against Child Marriage, Sexual Violence and Abuse and Commercial Sexual exploitation among Children and keeping girls in school longer to achieve economic independence through Technical Vocational Educational Training for Girls and Young Women.
20 Champions of change have been identified among the project communities in the Bekwai Municipality and trained on the concept of child protection in relation to the 4 thematic areas on the GAA project. The champions have set up task forces to monitor and eliminate Child Marriage, Commercial Sexual Exploitation among Children, Child Neglect, Child Labour and Sexual Violence and Abuse in their communities and beyond.
The community leaders are generally focused on pursuing bye-laws to end Child Marriage. The Community Child Protection Committee in the Ankase Community in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region has drafted a bye-law which has been submitted to the Bekwai Municipal Assembly for ratification. The remaining communities have started dialoguing with community leaders to draft their bye-laws.
There is youth participation in review meetings organized by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana.
The exceptional support provided by the Queen Mother of Bekwai to the project is encouraging women groups and leaders to take active participation in the project activities in their communities.
School Based Facilitators in the project schools are becoming more assertive and conscious on child protection related issues.
More communities are sending child abuse such as parental neglect, child labour, commercial sexual exploitation of girls, non-maintenance of children related issues to Duty Bearers of child protection such as the Department of Social welfare, Commission of Human rights and Administrative Justice and the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service.
Community members now are promoting the rights of Children with Disability to attend school. In one community where a head teacher refused to admit an autistic child into his school the guardians contacted RRIG to lead them to lodge a complaint at the Municipal Education office. The child has since been admitted into another school, when the previous headmaster provided evidence that the school was full.
Twenty (20) Champions of change are articulating the ideals of the Girls Advocacy Alliance Project beyond the project communities.
The project has encouraged intergenerational discussions about girls’ empowerment between the young girls and older people in their respective communities. This has deepened the respect the girls have for the guidance the older people are giving them to achieve their education, economic and social potential.
The Bogyawe M/A JHS in the Bekwai Municipality recorded zero teenage pregnancy after the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in April, 2018
The Ankaase Community Child Protection Committee has liase the Ghana Police Service to eradict drug abuse among children and youth in the community. Two boys have been arrested and kept in the police custody.
Youth Advocates have started organizing focus group discussion among their peers focusing on the concept of child protection and life skills. Examples of such advocates include Morrisca Serwaa Gyamfi of Kwamang M/A JHS, Perpetual Asare of Sanfo Aduam M/A JHS, Mabel Asantewaa Ennin of Anglican JHS and Sandra Yeboah of Pepedan SDA JHS in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region.
The Youth Advocate in the Ankaase M/A JHS has taken the lead role to advocate on ending Child Marriage, Teenage Pregancy and Commercial Sexual Exploitation among girls in the school and community.
9.0 CHALLENGES
Some Community Child Protection Committee member’s constant demand for incentives.
During the last quarter, most of the project activities were postponed because the scheduled dates were clashing with the local community activities in some communities as well as sporting activities in some project schools in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region.
SOME PICTURES FROM THE PROJECT ACTIVITIES

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Figure 3 Figure 4
Figure 1-4: photos from the International Women’s Day celebration at the Boggyawe M/A JHS in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 5 Figure 6
Figure 5-6: Photos from the 1st quarter Community Child Protection Committee Review Meeting in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 7 Figure 8
Figure 7-8: Photos from the 1st quarter District Child Protection Committee Meeting in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 9 Figure 10
Figure 9-10: Photos from the training of School Based Facilitators for the Rights of the Child Clubs (ROCC) in the 10 GAA project schools in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 11 Figure 12

Figure 13 Figure 14
Figure 11-14: Segmented group meeting with community groups (Women, Men, Traditional Leaders, and Youth Groups) in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 15 Figure 16
Figure 15-16: Photos from the International Day of the African Child at the Ankaase M/A JHS in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 17 Figure 18
Figure 17-18: Photos from the International Children’s Day at the Bekwai SDA JHS in the Bekwai Municipality

Figure 19 Figure 20
Figure 19-20: Photos from the World Day against Child Labour at the Kwamang M/A JHS in the Bekwai Municipality

Figure 21 Figure 22
Figure 21-22: Photos from the training for Champions of Change on the Concept of Child Protection held at the Bekwai Municipal Assembly Hall

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Figure 23-24: Photos from interview with some GAA youth advocates during a monitoring visit to the project schools in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 25 Figure 26
Figure 25-26: Photos from the International Day of the Girl Child with the Hussainiya Islamic School in the Bekwai Zongo Community in the Ashanti Region

Figure 27 Figure 28
Figure 27-28: Photos from the training for ROCC in the GAA project schools in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region on the Boys and Girls Role Analysis

Figure 29 Figure 30
Figure 29-30: Photos from the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence in Kwamang/Abesewa and Asanso Communities in the Bekwai Municipality

Figure 31 Figure 32
Figure 31-32: Photos from the 4th quarter CCPC review meeting in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

Figure 33 Figure 34
Figure 33-34: photos from the 2nd District Child Protection Committee Review Meeting in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region

15
Apr

REPORT ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD CELEBRATION ORGANIZED ON THE 5TH OCTOBER, 2017 AT ASANSO M/A JHS IN THE BEKWAI MUNICIPALITY


The Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child at Asanso M/A JHS on Thursday, 5th October, 2017 on the theme “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision 2030”. Among the participants were pupils and teachers of Asanso M/A JHS, Assembly member for Asanso, Community members and RRIG.
Ms. Faustina Osei Prempe, Programs Manager of RRIG encouraged the girls to protect themselves from all forms of violence and abuse. She added that perpetrators of violence can be their parents/guardians, extended family relation, community members and children themselves. She advised children to desist from verbal abuse which leads to low self-esteem.
Mad. Aba Oppong, Executive Director for RRIG stated that the power of the Adolescent Girl is in education not CSEC. She advised parents to provide the needs of the child and not lure them into child labour.
SOME PHOTOS

15
Apr

REPORT ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICA CHILD CELEBRATION ORGANIZED ON THE 21ST JUNE, 2017 AT DENYASE M/A JHS IN THE BEKWAI MUNICIPALITY


The International Day of the African Child which is marked on 16th June every year was celebrated at Denyase M/A JHS on Wednesday June 21, 2017. The theme for the 2017 International Day of the African Child was “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030.
Mad. Aba Oppong advised the pupils to be obedient to their teachers and those in authority, be discipline and stop intimidating each other, show respect to the elderly and peers and have confidence.
She cautioned the young girls to avoid child marriages, teenage pregnancy and unhealthy relationship with boys and men. Also they should be equally disciplined, courageous and have a vision and plan. She also advised parents to stop sending the children on errands during school hours.
In the closing remarks, the Chairman of the CCPC in Denyase advised the pupils to learn hard. He added that if they face any challenge, they should report it to the committee. Aunte Nyarko, a CCPC member encouraged the pupils to behave well at all times.
Mad. Aba Oppong, Board Chair of RRIG led in donating 100 pieces of exercise books to the school on behalf of RRIG to facilitate teaching and learning.
SOME PHOTOS FROM THE CELEBRATION

Pupils of Denyase Primary School at the celebration

Mad. Aba Oppong delivering her speech Pupils of Denyase M/A JHS at the program

Aunte Nyarko advising the pupils to behave well Mad. Aba Oppong, Board Chair of RRIG donates books to the school

A group photo of Denyase Basic School pupils and their teachers

15
Apr

2017 WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR CELEBRATION ORGANIZED ON 12TH JUNE, 2017 AT SANFO M/A JHS PREMISES ON THE THEME “IMPACT AND DISASTER ON CHILD LABOUR.


The 2017 World Day against Child Labour was celebrated on the 12th June, 2017 at Sanfo M/A JHS. The program comprise of pupils from Sanfo M/A Basic school, Teachers, Community Child Protection Committee members, Director for CHRAJ, National Youth Authority, Girl Child Coordinator, Circuit Supervisor from GES, Deputy Coordinating Director and RRIG staff.
The Executive Director stated the purpose of the program as celebrating the World Day against Child Labour, a way of eliminating child labour among children. She explained child labour is a crime against the child’s health. Among the causes of child labour she stated were long distance between home and school and children who do not have enough care and support to enjoy school. The consequences mentioned included sexual abuse among girls, accidents and intimidation from their peers at school. She concluded that all stakeholders present should join the fight in ending child labour by 2025.
Mad. Aba Oppong encouraged parents to be mindful of the child’s needs which are food, clothing, shelter, love, care and attention. She added that children should not be pushed into doing any hazardous work. She concluded that anyone who engages in child labour or trafficking should be reported to the appropriate institution for the necessary actions to be taken.
SOME PICTURES FORM THE WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR CELEBRATION

Photo of teachers of Sanfo Basic School Photo of some community members

Cross section of pupils of Sanfo Basic School at the program

Photo of the pupils of Sanfo Basic School saying no to Child Labour

15
Apr

REPORT ON THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION IN BEKWAI MUNICIPALITY AT BEKWAI ISLAMIC BASIC SCHOOL ON THE THEME: BE BOLD FOR CHANGE


INTRODUCTION
Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG) with support from the Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) observed the 2017 International Women’s Day celebration in Bekwai Municipality. The program took place on Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 at the Bekwai Islamic Basic School. The theme for the celebration was Be Bold for Change.
ATTENDANCE
The participants were pupils from Bekwai Islamic Junior High School. In attendance were teachers of the school as well as members of the Community Child Protection Committee in Bekwai Zongo. The role of the committee is to promote and strengthen children’s rights in the Bekwai Zongo Community. Their role also includes;
Ensuring that there is a reduction in child marriage, sexual violence and abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children
To prevent and protect children in the community from all forms of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation;
Primary focus on prevention through awareness raising and early interventions;
Work to create a more conducive environment that provides a mechanism for increased reporting, response and/or referrals;
Weak referral mechanisms strengthened.
OUTPUT
Ms. Faustina Osei Prempeh informed the pupils that the event is a platform to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of girls and young women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for girls and young women. The facilitator declared bold actions as an individual can help the individual progress. She explained that the theme was a purposeful agenda designed to accelerate gender parity in communities, families, Ghana and across the world.
Madam Aba Oppong called on the pupils to work hard at school and at home. That hard work, honesty and truthfulness are important in building ones courage, capacity and propel a child to achieve his/her academic potential and hence facilitate the achievement of a decent career.
Concerns of the pupils included the fact that sometimes when parents/ guardians want to marry them off and they refuse, the parents/guardians deny them meals. The Director of CHRAJ informed them to report all such cases to the CHRAJ office, the Department of Social welfare office, the Police (Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit, DOVVSU) or the teachers in the school for the necessary actions to be taken. RRIG donated some exercise books to the school children.

SOME PICTURES FROM THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION

Some photos of the pupils of Bekwai Islamic JHS

Mad. Aba Oppong, RRIG Board Chairman presenting some exercise books to the Bekwai Islamic JHS

CCPC in Bekwai Zongo joins the celebration Mr. Baah, Director for National Youth Authority delivering his speech

Mad. Priscilla, Director for CHRAJ educating
The pupils on their rights Mad. Aba Oppong encourages girls to say no to Child Marriage

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PENN/KNUST GLOBAL SEMINAR: STUDY VISIT TO RRIG

Introduction
12 female students from the University of Pennsylvania and 3 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) visited RRIG premises on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 as part of their yearly PENN/KNUST Global Seminar in Ghana. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the African Culture, Health Education and Women Empowerment.
The team first visited the Queen Mother of Asante Bekwai Traditional Council, Nana Adwoa Pinamang III, who explained that her major priority is keeping girls in school longer to achieve their economic independent through the formation of Youth Friendly Clubs for girls; example is the Virgin Club, Bo Bra Pa (translated as Live a good life) and the Puberty Rite (Bragro). She explained that it is one of the best strategies of reducing unplanned teenage pregnancy.
The team’s second visit was to the Religious Leaders at the Bekwai Zongo Community in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region where they met and interacted with Imam Abdul Wakil Hussain (Honorable Gambo). He also explained that they main focus is on girl child education: keeping girls in school to longer to achieve their socio-economic development. A quote from Imam Abdul Wakil Hussain “Before RRIG entered the community, there was a lot of truancy and teenage pregnancy. RRIG has helped the community to know the importance of keeping children in school. They spoke with both children and parents/guardians. Parents/Guardians who neglected their children were always summoned by the Religious Leader (Imams) and meetings were held at the Community Centre.
Funds were mobilized in the community to support to support the education of needy children to remain in school and achieve their academic potentials. Most of the parents left their children in the care of the Community Based Child Protection Committee. Others decided to provide every need of the children under the watch of the committee. One of the children who used to be very truant is now one of the best students in Wesley Senior High School in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region. Through their collaboration with RRIG, a lot of children have gone back to school. Some community members provide gifts to the committee to support their work”.
Mad. Aba Oppong, the Executive Director during her focus group discussion with the team explained to them that, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information helps girls to be informed about their sexuality to reduce unplanned pregnancy, maternal mortality and Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STIs/STDs) among girls and women of reproductive age. She has worked in Civil Society Organization since 1995. Her work with girls and women of reproductive age focused on:
Contraception use to reduce unplanned pregnancy.
Immunization of children, example, BCG (Tuberculosis), Measles etc.
We encourage women to deliver in health centres and at a public health facility due to financial reasons.
Planning before having babies.
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health specifically about their sexuality.
Work to reduce stigma.
On Good Governance, we encourage citizens to engage with duty bearers: participation of citizens in all assembly meetings and town hall meetings.
We work at the grassroots: community level, district level and national level as well as the international partners. An example is the FP2020.
Challenges
There are many communities we could not reach due to financial constraints. We are currently working on a Gils Advocacy Alliance (GAA) project (2016-2020) in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region with the primary focus on ending Child Marriage, Sexual Violence and Abuse, example, domestic violence, verbal abuse, sexual abuse mostly caused by close relatives, ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and promoting access to Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) and decent employment opportunities for girls and women in Ghana.