Ghana News Agency report on our “2nd Tema Child Safety Conference 2016,” http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/government-should-bear-medical-expenses-of-violated-children–108266
Above: Children playing our “Road Safety Awareness Board Game.”
Since May, 2011, Safe Child Ghana has harnessed the power of Play through our designed Road Safety Awareness Board Game to instill road safety rules and behaviours in children in areas where accidents are rampant in the Greater Accra, Central, Western and Eastern Regions of Ghana.
This crucial intervention has been successful as children in communities we visited are more careful on our roads. This has helped reduce child road traffic injury.
Road Safety Awareness Board Game to change behaviours towards road safety.
Michael Baabu of Safe Child Ghana educating pupils of Elis International School in Ashaiman-Lebanon on the causes, effects and prevention of Child Marriage. #EndChildMarriage
This novel “Safe Magazine” has received high patronage as 5,000 copies have been sold within 2 months.
Thanks to all who patronised our family focused “Safe Magazine” which empowers children and keeps them safe from injuries, and all forms of abuse including Early Marriage, Sexual Exploitation and Kidnapping.
This Magazine also exposes children to Culture diversity and Tourism.
The next edition comes out in October, 2016.
Founder of Safe Child Ghana, Michael Baabu and his committed friends have initiated the “Men Against Gender Based Violence” Campaign to create awareness on the effects of gender based violence on individuals and communities, and to help stop the menace.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is one of the most widespread human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Though women and girls are overwhelmingly the targets of GBV, boys can also be subject to GBV, especially if they are perceived to be acting outside the prescribed social norms for males. This abuse takes place worldwide in homes, schools and communities.
Ending GBV involves social behavioural change at the deepest levels and the commitment of all stakeholders.
We targeted 30 schools in the first phase, and have so far created the awareness in 26 schools in the Tema and Ashaiman municipalities. The latest to benefit is Andy Memorial School in Tema.
We are Promoting Social Justice for ALL through our “Men Against Gender Based Violence” Initiative.
Picture: CEO of Safe Child Ghana, Eunice at the launch.
Despite efforts towards gender equality, girls still suffer diverse levels of violation and discrimination such as Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM), Defilement and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), just to mention a few.
Safe Child organized the “Affirmative Gender Reporting for Social Justice” campaign for some journalists from Tema and Ashaiman Municipalities in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
One reason for this is that media coverage of girls, tend to reinforce perceptions and stereotypes because many journalists do not understand the dynamics of gender-sensitive journalism.
This campaign aims to change existing negative stereotypes and perceptions through information sharing and capacity building on fair and balanced reporting. Focused group discussions and interviews with journalists were carried out on existing trends and challenges in reporting gender-sensitive issues.
The journalists appointed as Gender Ambassadors are to meet bi-monthly to evaluate and deliberate on gender–focused themes and children’s rights with stakeholders.
From 2013 to 2014, Safe Child Ghana hosted “Child Safety Crusade,” an advocacy programme on radio, Happy98.9FM on Saturdays at 6:30-7:00am. We used this advocacy platform to achieve significant results.
We dedicated ten minutes of each programme to Road Safety Advocacy.
1. Safe Child Ghana advocated for the faded road markings on the Accra-Tema Motorway to be re-done. We are happy to say that the road markings on the Accra –Tema Motorway has been done after several calls on the authorities to fix the problem. These Road markings on the Motorway has helped greatly to reducing accidents.
2. We also serialized a “Watch These Things & Be Alert!” Campaign and took note of past Road Traffic occurrences that resulted in human injuries and death within the week. This campaign created awareness for both motorists and pedestrians. It increased their alertness as we did a postmortem on preventable road accidents occurrences.
3. We made a constant call on parents and guardians to desist from allowing younger children to cross roads alone to and from school. This call was headed to as more parents and guardians now walk their younger children to and from school.
4. We used the Child Safety Crusade programme to advocate against the frequent occurrence of the overloading of school children on vehicles.
5. We also launched a campaign dubbed, “Don’t overload your vehicle,” as “it damages the road and will put your LIFE in DANGER.”
Since 2014, Happy98.9FM continuous to call Safe Child Ghana to speak on road safety and other issues during Prime-time News.
Safe Child Ghana has published SAFE Magazine, an important new resource for children, the family and anyone else interested in keeping our children safe from all forms of abuse, early marriage, sexual exploitation, fires, home and road traffic injuries. Since there is no planned and consistent safety training for children, this magazine is to serve as a well deserving Safety Manual.
SAFE is an abbreviation for “Safety Awareness For Everyone.” Through creative and fun ways, the child is made to imbibe and change behaviour towards safety issues. The magazine covers health and safety issues, puzzles, curious facts and short stories. The publication includes practical information in the form of poems, jokes, sports, riddles, brainteasers, and articles from children. There is even a step by step instruction on how to prepare nutritious and tasty traditional meals in each edition.
This SAFE Magazine is to be published every school term to also exposes children to Culture diversity and Tourism.
SAFE Magazine is targeted at making children aware of issues which affect them and their environment, by giving them the tools and inspiration to become active and responsible citizens. By picking up this magazine and sharing the information, you are joining us in this effort.
The first print-out of our SAFE Magazine has been distributed to 100 schools of 152 member schools, who have average of 400 pupils. The last batch of 52 member schools will also receive their supplies soon.
“Empowering Children, Protecting our Future.”