The Day After…

It is a day after the news

A day after Ghana was shocked with the inevitable but unexpected

A day after the death of a of a ‘dead man’

Yes, he was pronounced dead before yesterday

Yet, he announced with a throt he was alive

 

It is a day after the news

A day after the events of the day that numbed many a loud mouth

A day after a very fast paced day of death, shock and an expedient and legally necessary replacement

A day after the day, in the history of parliament when no one heckled the new president

A day after the day, when men wept and were not ashamed to show grief

 

It is a day after the news

Today, drivers seemed much saner on the road

Today, the radio drums beat much slower and peacefully

Today, those who had prayed for the news seem to mourn

Today, those who thought it a nightmare, pinch themselves hard

Today, a nation truely mourns

Whether by pretence or for real

It is the day after the news

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Published in: on July 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ghana: Who Cares About These Children On the Streets?

By Bill Graham in the Ghanaian Chronicle of  18 July 2008 posed the question above. Read on

 

The most important right of a child is ‘to be a child’, to have adults take responsibility for him until he can reasonably take care of himself.

 

Children are to look forward to their parents for the supply of their basic necessities of life. Hence, under both the Childrens Right and the Convention on the Right of the Child, parents have the responsibility for the supply to their wards the basic necessities of life.

 

The opposite however prevails in Ghana . Our streets are filled with children engaged in all sorts of trade. These children can be categorized into two: the ‘ordinary ‘ Ghanaian street child who lives and work on the street and the urban poor child, who survives daily on the street but still has some family ties.

 

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Published in: on February 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ghana: Presidential candidates must present child policy framework

Accra, June 11, GNA – Children’s Rights International, a non-governmental organization, on Wednesday called on all presidential candidates contesting the 2008 election to present their child development policy to Ghanaians.

In a statement signed by Mr. Bright Kweku Appiah for the organization, it said children constituted 52 per cent (0-18 years) of Ghana’s population and that presenting the frameworks would enable Ghanaians to access them on how their policy would target the children. It said by virtue of Ghana’s commitment towards children at the international, regional and national level it had become necessary for flag bearers of all the political parties to let Ghanaians know their vision for children in order to protect the inherent dignity of children in the country and campaign for fair and good life for children. The statement said the policy frame must cover education, healthcare/nutrition, promotion of children’s rights, maintenance, rehabilitation, respect for child’s dignity, discipline implementation and enforcement of policies in Ghana. It should also include financing of social welfare for effective delivery of their mandate as enshrined in the 1992 constitution. It said the policy must be documented and presented to Ghanaians to enable them to believe in their policy direction for children, pay attention to child development and their welfare, have an assurance for the future, ensure proper participation of children in national issues, and define and measure progress being made in children in the country. The statement said though Ghana was a leader in children’s welfare and protection, children in the country were facing serious problems such as child mortality, school dropout, child labour, child trafficking, rape, defilement, and non-maintenance of children. It said over 800,000 children were not in school while 50 per cent of them who sat for BECE in public schools never got admission to Senior High Schools. It added that, there was an increasing gap between the urban child and rural child in terms of access and quality of education.

According to the statement, there were over 240,000 children who had been rendered orphans and vulnerable as a result of HIV/AIDS, and 21,000 of them were currently living with the condition. “Stigmatization and non-acceptance of these children within the family structure makes them more vulnerable and prone to harm.” The statement said the process of administering the law in the country had made maintenance and rehabilitation process slow, adding that, there had been a number of child related cases in the courts for three or more years for which judgement had not been delivered. It said children who were victims of defilement and rape did not receive care and support from the court by way of the law outlining the care and support processes. The care for survivors of these circumstances did not get the needed support and care required for their maintenance and rehabilitation.

Source: GNA

Published in: on July 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Impact Of Rural-Urban Divide On Quality Education

Presented here is a link to the research report by the  Ghana National Education Coalition Campaign. It reveals the disparity in education facilities in rural and urban areas.

Read on..

http://www.ghanateachers.org/pdf/research.pdf

Published in: on July 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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POVERTY AND THE DENIAL OF THE GHANAIAN CHILD’S BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS

BY DR. CLARA FAYORSEY

INTRODUCTION: The majority of Ghanaians experience low standards of living evidenced by poor quality of life and lack of access to basic social facilities including education, healthcare, safe water and sanitation (GLSS 1991/92), Nabila and Fayorsey,1996). In the urban areas, children from low income households contribute to family income through a wide range of commercial activities such as Hawking, head porterage, “shoe-shining”, petty trading etc.

THE SITUATION OF THE GHANAIAN CHILD: Children are a potential human resource and therefore if any nation is to have continuity and progress, there is the need to preserve the future generation – children. Yet, most Ghanaian children are denied basic rights like food, shelter , education, health leisure and at times life. Despite the fact that Ghana is a signatory to the UN Convention and the O.A.U, charter on the rights of the child, children are subjected to several forms of abuse. The Ghanaian media abounds with cases and instances of child abuse ranging from abandonment, rape, assault to ritual murder.

Many children in Ghana do not have access to adequate food and nutrition although they may be residing with their parents or guardians. The situation is worse for children who are not under such care especially street children (Apt and Grieco, 1997; Korboe,1997). According to Ministry of Health and UNICEF estimates (Ministry of Health,1996),only 32% of the population have access to sanitary means of excreta disposal and 30.6% of rural households in Ghana do not have sanitary facilities at all, relying principally on seashores, bushes and farms as free range for defecation (GNCC,1997). This has serious implication for health and the safety of children in particular. Even where some facilities exist, children are not allowed to use them, especially, if its use involves some money out lay and are therefore exposed to snake bites in the bush and other hazards. Children play in filthy gutters and are often seen scavenging on waste disposal sites. These unhealthy habits are sources of diseases and ill health. In Ghana, children are the main agents for waste disposal from the household- a task performed by children as young as four years, thus exposing them to various disease pathogens (Grieco et al:1996)

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Published in: on July 8, 2008 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ghana: Big Opportunity for Street Children

 

15 April 2008
Posted to the web 15 April 2008

Kingdom Sosu

In his bid to equip the youth with sporting skills in the country, Mr Ray Quarcoo, a renowned sports enthusiast, has set up a non-governmental organization, Bridge Foundation, run by a 61-year-old Robert Bevan, a retired British civil servant.

Moved by the request of the then Ministry of Youth and Sports (now Ministry of Education, Science and Sports) in 2002, when the late Mr Edward Osei Kwaku was the sector Minister, Mr Quarcoo, the President of Bridge Foundation started the construction of a multi purpose sports facility at Roman Ridge in Accra.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the youth centre which houses a big sports hall, training centre and a three-bed room accommodation for Coaches and trainers, on a plot of land provided in 2003 by the Ghana Railways Corporation in Accra, and inaugurated in 2003 . Mr Quarcoo, in an interview revealed that the Foundation seeks among other things to reduce the street children menace confronting the country by helping them fully develop their potential and also keep them from other social vices.

The President stated that “We will also facilitate refresher courses for our sports administrators and Coaches, as well as clinics for schools to improve sports.” He pointed out that the NGO will on its own equip the centre with modern facility and a scholarship scheme to the benefit of deserving youth who have excelled in their various fields of endeavour and also arrange for overseas training and sponsorship for national teams preparing for international competitions.

“Already, we are in serious talks with a British-based company, OPEN CAST, in the United Kingdom who have expressed their interest to come on board to make this project a huge success,” Mr Quarcoo said. According to the president, OPEN CAST are on the verge of raising funds through fund raising campaigns towards the building of a three JSS classroom block at Kokrobite, in Ghana. Through his efforts, great boxers such as Ike Quartey, the Clottey brothers, Alfred Kotey, Osumanu Yahaya among others has gained prominence.

Mr Quarcoo emphasized that the training centre is opened to children between the ages of 10-20 and with talents in sports, especially boxing and table tennis in the Accra metropolis. He is therefore appealing to individuals and corporate bodies to throw their weight behind other sports Foundations in their quest to salvage the street children menace. Already, the Foundation has started a computer training exercise for intelligent but needy children in the Roman Ridge Area and has had two graduation ceremonies already. And for some time now, Child Care Foundation, an NGO based at Malam, in Accra, visits the Bridge Foundation on Saturdays for computer training lessons under the tutelage of Nicholas Manu, a graduate volunteer of the organization. At the early stages of the constructional works, the late sports Minister visited the site and congratulated Mr Quarcoo for offering hope to the needy in society.

Source: Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra) and posted at http://streetkidnews.blogsome.com/2008/04/15/ghana-big-opportunity-for-street-children/

Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 10:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Four year old Girl Killed

Residents of Adum Nsuoase, a Kumasi suburb, woke up to the shocking news of the gruesome murder of a four-year-old girl on Tuesday morning.

The right eye and tongue had been removed and the body dumped into a big gutter close to Justmoh Conference Centre near the Railway Police station.

The corpse looked whitish and pale and a closer examination showed the girl might have been drained of blood obviously for ritual purposes by her killers, who are currently at large.

Eyewitnesses could not immediately identify her or her parents as at the time of filing this report, so it was believed she might not be a resident of the area.

The time and place of committing the heinous crime could also not be established but eyewitnesses suspected the girl could have been killed somewhere and dumped in the gutter.

Ironically, there were no blood stains either on the body of the deceased or near the gutter where she was found dead, creating the impression her killers might have strangulated her.

The deceased girl had the right side of her face swollen as well as some bruises at the lower part of her right cheek.

Source: Daily Guide

Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 10:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ghana is source for exploitation of children…

June 9, 2008 – Ghana is a major source, transit and destination country for children and women trafficked for the purposes of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation, according to a US Department of State report.

The 2008 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, officially presented by the US Embassy on Monday in Accra, said women and children were trafficked for sexual exploitation from Ghana to Western Europe, from Nigeria through Ghana to Western Europe, and from Burkina Faso through Ghana to Cote d’Ivoire.

Children are trafficked to and from other West African countries like The Gambia, Togo, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire for the same purposes.

The report, however, noted that trafficking within Ghana was more prevalent than trans-national trafficking, with the majority of the victims being children.

It said both boys and girls were trafficked within Ghana for forced labour, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, in agriculture and the fishing industry, as porters and for street hawking.

Additionally, the country is also becoming a destination for sex tourists.

The report said even though the government of Ghana had not fully complied with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficked persons, it was making “significant efforts to do so”.

“While Ghana took some law enforcement steps to address sex trafficking through police raids in the last year, there were limited investigations and prosecutions and no convictions of perpetrators of this crime,” it said.

The report also cited corruption among law enforcement officials as an obstacle to effective anti-trafficking measures in Ghana.

Ghana prohibits any form of trafficking and the law prescribes a minimum penalty of five years imprisonment for all forms of trafficking.

The report recommended that Ghana strengthened its overall efforts to prosecute and convict traffickers, investigate and close down brothels selling children into prostitution and to prosecute brothel operators.

It also recommended the suspension of government officials accused of complicity in their official duties in any case of trafficking until such official be prosecuted or cleared of such allegations.

The report recommended the development of a system for providing secure care for rescued sex trafficked victims, the creation of increased shelter space for victims, training of government social workers in identifying trafficked victims among girls and women in prostitution.

The report also prescribed increased coordination between the police and government social workers in conducting trafficking raids and rescues.
Source: GNA

Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Trafficked Children reunite with parents

afrol News, 18 May

Families of Ghana’s 25 trafficked children have been living with desperation and sorrow. But they finally have a cause to smile this week when migration organisations made it possible for them to reunite with their trafficked children.

A reunification ceremony was organised by Ghana’s Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs in collaboration with other partners, IOM in the Central Region of Ghana.

The reunification followed the rescue of the trafficked children in January. Since then they had been receiving comprehensive rehabilitation assistance, which included psychosocial counselling, medical assistance, and educational instruction at the Department of Social Welfare’s Rehabilitation Centre in Accra.
http://www.afrol.com/articles/25451

Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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