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Human Rights Day 2018

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This Year’s Message Is: Stand Up for Human Rights!

Stand Ghana Marked this years human Rights Day Celebration with  community engagement outreach activities. We interacted with people of all walks of life, in their homes, on the streets, in their offices and shops. We talked about human rights issues and explain things to those who didn’t know anything about the subject.

Interestingly, someone asked us if  human rights was a church? So we had to explain the meaning of human rights in the local dialect which was a bit difficult; but we managed to do it. This reminds us that we still have a lot of work to do in the area of human rights education and awareness creation.

This year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 years on 10th December 2018 – (from 1948 to 2018); and its worth celebrating by everyone, everywhere.

I know there are many unanswered questions on many people’s minds about the effectiveness of human rights implementation in most countries, including Ghana. However, that does not take away the huge  benefits human rights has brought us and continue to bring us globally.

Therefore, human rights are still relevant today as they were  in 1948 when the declaration was first adopted at the United Nations General Assembly by member countries.

I cannot imagine my world without the protection of human rights and freedoms. Let’s stand up for human rights always.

Happy Human Rights Day to every single individual person!

 

Written By: Rose Enya

 

Human Rights Awareness Talk At MacLean JHS

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2018-11-06 09.00.49A Child Rights Awareness Programme.

A human rights awareness programme has been organized for students and teachers of MacLean Junior High School at Odorkor in Accra on Thursday, 1st November 2018.

The presentation focused on some of the basic human rights children are entitled to, their responsibilities; issues of child abuse and what it means to have human rights.

The Executive Director of Stand Ghana, Rose-Mary Kayi delivered a two hour presentation to over 90 form three students and teachers present at the programme. She particularly encouraged the students to “value their human rights and to embrace tolerance and diversity wherever they may find themselves now, and in future”.

The Child Rights Education Project is designed by Stand Ghana to help young people to have adequate knowledge about each of their fundamental human rights granted them under the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child  and guaranteed for them by the Constitution of Ghana and the Children’s Act 1998 – Act 560.

2018-11-01 1612018-11-01 175                                                                               We believe that Young people should be well informed about their rights in society so that they can confidently report anyone who tries to abuse them to the appropriate authorities.

We are very proud of all the hardworking students who took part in this very important programme.

We thank you for listening to us attentively throughout the presentation. And thanks for all your interesting questions and valuable contributions.

 

Written By :ROSE MARY K

Child Rights Education At Star Trite

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A Symposium on Human Rights of Children at Star Trite Montessori Sch.

 

IMG_0689The Stand Ghana team was at Star Trite Montessori School near Kasoa, on Thursday, February 22, 2018 to present a talk on Child rights and responsibilities.

Over 800 students and teachers of the school were at the programme, which took place at the auditorium of Star Trite.

The Stand Ghana team taught the young students of Star Trite School about the content, meaning and implications of their basic human rights; and about issues of Child abuse.

According to a CHRAJ report of 2011, “Although Ghana has made solid progress in building a democratic society, promoting human rights and the observance of civil liberties, the country still has a long road to travel in establishing a culture of peace and human rights”

At Stand Ghana, we believe that our society will be stronger and better able to establish a culture of human rights and peace if everyone is treated with true respect and dignity; and if everyone knows what their rights, responsibilities and limits are within a democratic environment.

That is why we are taking human rights knowledge to every child in Ghana – whether poor or rich, young or old to promote a culture of peace, tolerance and human rights in our nation.

Young people have the right to know their rights and responsibilities so that they can make responsible choices and grow up into responsible adults in future.

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Child Rights Education At St Charles Schools

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2018-03-21 008This year we are prioritizing our goal of taking human rights to every child in Ghana – whether rich or poor, one School at a time. That’ s why on Wednesday September 21, 2018 we (Stand Ghana) organized another very successful Child Rights Education programme for the young students of St Charles Preparatory School at Mamprobi – Banana Inn in Accra.

We are extremely pleased with the level of engagement by this young students who were ready to listen to us, asked very interesting questions and made valuable contributions.Their active participation made the programme a huge success.

They were taken through some of their basic human rights and responsibilities; and were educated on issues of child abuse.

We also encouraged them to value their rights, be tolerant and respect the human rights of other people in society2018-03-21 027 2018-03-21 067 2018-03-21 024 2018-03-21 072 .

What Are Human Rights?

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top2What Are Human Rights?

Human rights are rights that belong to everyone no matter who they are or where they come from. They are very important to every individual, group and society.

Get to know a bit more about your human rights and responsibilities. It is only through full knowledge of our human rights that we can ensure true peace and security in our communities and the larger society . So get involved in promoting human rights through human rights education in Ghana so that others too can know their rights.

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Human Rights Awareness Outreach – Maclean JHS Odorkor

Human Rights Awareness Outreach – Maclean JHS Odorkor published on

 Child Rights, Responsibilities & Action

2017-03-30 060Stand Ghana held another very successful and empowering Human Rights Symposium on Child Rights, Responsibilities & Action; for the form three students of McLean JHS – Odorkor in Accra on Thursday 30th March 2017.

The key objective of this very important outreach programme was to ensure young people are knowledgeable about the full range and content of their fundamental human rights as stated in the Child Rights Convention.

It was also aimed at encouraging young people to respect law and order in society; appreciate and respect the rights of their mates and other people; and helping them grow into responsible adults in future

MC16The over eighty (80) students and some of their teachers who took part in the programme were educated on their basic human rights, responsibilities as children and how to take action to promote and defend human rights in their various communities and homes.

There was also open discussion on types of child abuse, their impact on children, how to report abuse cases, as well as the need to fight against all forms of violations and abuses using human rights provisions and laws.

MC3The students who were mainly JHS Three students actively participated and made valuable contributions to the discussion. They were eager to know more and even shouted “we want more – we want more” when it was time to end the programme! Well done Maclean JHS Three students!!

Participants were encouraged to become ambassadors of human rights in their diverse communities by spreading the word and standing up for human rights whenever necessary.

They were therefore instructed on how to take action for human rights, to empathise with victims of abuse and report cases of human rights abuses and violations to the appropriate authorities in order to make human rights provisions in the constitution meaningful to everyone in Ghana.

According to the Executive Director of Stand Ghana, Ms Rose-Mary Kayi: “A lot of misapprehensions surround the truth about what human rights really are, and we all need to spread the word that human rights are not non-sense or some needless western/foreign imposition! They are necessary for building a more peaceful and progressive democratic society”

MC JHSThe Stand Ghana team later had a Straight Talk Session with the girls after the human rights lecture. This was a mentoring and empowerment session designed to inspire young girls to become positive minded and focused on their studies.

The young girls were encouraged to be smart and have ambition for the future; have a mind set for excellence, and be very determined so as to become very useful to themselves, their families and the larger society tomorrow.

MC5The boys were not left out, as Mr Eyram Adzim a Human Rights Advocate for young people and a volunteer at Stand Ghana also had a Straight Talk Session with the male students. Among others, he strongly cautioned them to “avoid bad company – now, when they get to Senior High, as well as at the university”.

By this, Stand Ghana is catching them young and influencing the future of Ghana positively through human rights education and awareness creation activities.

By Rose-Mary Kayi

 



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Human Rights Education At KKD JHS

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By Rose Mary Kayi

 

Human Rights Education is a RIGHT!

The Kpone Katamanso District JHS 1-3 students learnt about their human rights and responsibilities, including self-esteem coaching for the girls, at the school’s premises recently.

2016-09-30-033By this, the provision of Human rights education in schools is rightfully being put on the agenda in Ghana by Stand Ghana through schools outreaches programme.

We need an empowered society. This is because those who know their rights are better placed to defend themselves and live meaningful lives than those who don’t.

We believe that young people who know their rights and responsibilities are better empowered for the future.

That’s why Stand Ghana continues to educate many more students, particularly girls about their human rights. If Knowledge is power, awareness of the full range of one’s human rights is greater power indeed!

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With obligation to achieve gender equality in compliance to International human rights conventions and protocols, government of Ghana needs to increase awareness on human rights and step up on women & girls empowerment as a matter of priority.

During a recent Human Rights Symposium at Kpone Katamanso District JHS, one student asked: “If you say Ghana was one of the first to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, why are so many children still suffering abuse in the country?”

2016-09-30-010So what is the problem? The main problem from my point of view is lack of awareness and implementation challenges. A Human right on paper is useless unless it is made real in the lives of those who need it.

So, government needs to take its responsibility to promote, protect and fulfil human rights in Ghana more seriously.

Right To Education

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The Experience of Ghanaian Children

Parental poverty seems to be the main impediment to children’s Right to free Primary Education in Ghana, as many children still do not attend school due to lack of basic necessities and learning materials.

The Stand Ghana team has been informed that even some of the children in school are there at a heavy price since a number of them are compelled to engage in negative practices such as sleeping with men for money in order to be in school.

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that primary education should be made free; similarly, the Convention on the Rights of the Child which was adopted in 1989 by the UN General Assembly and came into force on 2nd September 1990, also affirms that primary education must be made available free to all.

The reality however is that although each child supposedly has the right to free primary education in Ghana, many children, especially those from very poor families are still not able to enjoy this right even when they are not expected to pay fees.

The reason Art 28 (1a) of the Child Right Convention requires states parties to make primary education compulsory and available free to all, is to ensure children of school going age are really in school for proper formation and development of their personalities. Yet this objective is sadly far from reality in many communities.

Ghana was one of the first to sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Ghana ratified this convention on 5th February, 1990).  As a result, primary pupils in public schools do not pay tuition fees. Even though this is laudable, the fact remains that many children still do not attend school due to lack of financial support.

Our interactions with some parents and teachers indicate that the real cost of getting a child through primary school is not payment of tuition fees, but the numerous expenses parents make to get the child ready for school.

For example, aside tuition fees, parents have to provide school uniforms, note books, exercise books, pens, other learning materials, as well as PTA dues just to name a few.

In addition, parents also have the responsibility to ensure their children’s basic needs such as prescribed shoes. socks and underwear for example, are provided regularly. This is a huge responsibility for many urban poor and rural farmers in Ghana today.

Many parents and guardians said they are unable to bear the cost of educational materials and what it takes to get their children to school daily due to financial constraints. This is particularly true of rural communities where most parents and guardians depend on extremely scanty incomes from subsistence farming.

We are reliably informed that to be in school, some JHS girls are forced to sleep with men for money to buy pads for their menses – otherwise they will have to stay at home.

This issue came to light again at one of our human rights educational events on child rights and responsibilities. The PTA chairman lamented about the fact that some of the JHS girls were no longer spending the night with their parents but with men and were going to school straight from the men’s homes instead of their parents’; and this is affecting their performance in class.

When asked during our interaction with them whether the PTA chairman’s allegations were true, the children said yes.

We are alarmed and deeply worried about this development considering the possible negative impacts on these girls  – such as the risk of sexual violence, getting sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies which could eventually lead to their dropping out of school and destroying their future.

We have to remember that by preventing children from going to school due to poverty, we are preventing them from having a better future and being useful to society.

There‘s no doubt that poverty is a major challenge to a child’s right to education; and unless the issue is properly tackled, the right to free primary education will remain a mirage for many children.

We call on government and other stakeholders to step-up more on the agenda of poverty alleviation. We urgently need to tackle severe poverty in Ghana head-on and genuinely. Only then can we truly talk about the right to free primary education for all Ghanaian children.

 

By Rose-Mary Kayi

 

 

 

 

 

Improving Society Through Human Rights Education

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Empowering Young People and Changing Ghana Through Human Rights

Students of Hlefi JHS to learn about their Human Rights
Students of Hlefi JHS Enthusiastic to Learn About Their Human Rights

Our human rights education session at Hlefi JHS was a very successful one considering the many words and messages of appreciation received from parents, teachers and the students after the event.

The children were very enthusiastic to learn about their human rights, and agree to serve as advocates for other students who were not at the event.

The event also afforded members of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) present, the opportunity to learn more about their responsibilities towards their children.

We were even invited by the PTA chairman and one of the chiefs of the area to come again and organize another one purposely for parents in the community as they need to know about the human rights of their children.

It is often said that knowledge is power. Stand Ghana is empowering young people with human rights knowledge to act as agents of change in their communities and Ghana as a whole through human rights.

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