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Protecting the rights of children

Community radio program raises awareness of children’s rights.

A youth radio program helps young people become leaders.

In poor communities, children are extremely vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, which is why child protection is such an important part of our work in Volta.

With your help, we’re assisting the community with a range of initiatives aimed at protecting children and raising awareness of the importance of child rights. If development is to take hold and succeed in Volta, children need to thrive – and that requires education, health care, clean water and nutrition, but also protection, respect, support, and empowerment.

Through dialogue and outreach, as well as workshops and training, a new culture of child rights is quickly developing in Volta, and everyone is getting involved, including parents, children, educators, health care workers, and community volunteers.

“Plan staff have been working with us on a lot of issues that are affecting our children, including how to take good care of them and use discipline appropriately,” says one local father who was recently involved in a parenting workshop.

With the creation of 10 community-led child protection committees, Volta now has a network of dedicated child advocates who are there when kids need help. These community volunteers, who have received training though a joint initiative by the Ghana Police Service and Department of Social Welfare, are actively working to protect the rights of local children by assisting them in responding to and reporting incidents of abuse or exploitation.

Ensuring that children can be their own advocates is just as vital. That’s why youth groups are being formed and local children are getting involved in workshops and training, as well as innovative projects like a recent community radio program on issues such as teen pregnancy (a critical issue for girls). Through initiatives like this, children are building the confidence they need to become agents of change in their own communities, and that makes all the difference.

“I have been participating in children’s club activities,” says Evelyn, one local teen, “and I have learned so much about my rights and how to protect myself. The club activities have also built my confidence. I no longer feel so shy. I can now stand before my peers and talk.”

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