CSOs inaugurate programme to promote voices of children in Ashanti

Kumasi, July 29, GNA - A programme meant to raise the voices and assist children to take part in decision making at all levels, has been out-doored in Kumasi.

Dubbed “Children’s Parliament” it is being implemented by the Defence for Children International (DCI) Ghana and Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG), both child rights NGOs, under the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) Project.

It seeks to mobilise children aged 12-18 to form mock parliaments to share ideas, know their rights, respect each other’s views and ensure peace amongst themselves in their communities and schools.

Madam Aba Oppong, Executive Director for RRIG, speaking at the inauguration of the programme in Kumasi, said there were a profound change in paradigms related to child participation, with decision-makers changing their perception of children as objects of protection, to agents of change and rights-holders.

Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (Rrig) Annual Report for The Period: January – December, 2019

This report highlights the programme activities carried out by Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives
Ghana (RRIG) in the Bekwai Municipal Assembly, Bosome Freho District Assembly, and Kumasi
Metropolitan Assembly in the Ashanti Region and the Nzema East Municipal Assembly in the Western
Region for the period January – December, 2019.

Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana undertook series of programmes

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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;

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.

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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.

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.


The Rights and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana (RRIG) is a female – led Non-Governmental Organization established in 2015. RRIG seeks to improve on the conditions of vulnerable people in the society through community participation, engagement, accountability and capacity building in the realization of their full potential and total human development.

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