Empowerment programme: Increasing Impact
This project aims to strengthen street-connected children and the local NGOs and CBOs working with them so that they can advocate for themselves and claim their rights with relevant institutions and authorities.
It brings together a coalition of partners in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, together organising a range of activities:
– Training street connected children as ‘Street Champions’. Street children will be made aware of their rights and ability to speak up for themselves. Workshops, training and support for the children to write and give speeches for a big public, and to give interviews with news media.
– Outreach to schools/churches/mosques/community meetings: Targeting communities with high incidence of child streetism or kayaye migration. Outreach programme includes visits to schools, churches and mosques by staff of the coalition partners and Street Champions. The children will share from their personal experiences and highlight the importance of completing ones education. Meetings and workshops with community leaders, teachers and parents will be held to raise awareness.
– Demonstration/ float: Float by street connected children, staff of the coalition and other advocates from and to a central point in the city. Use of banners, flyers, music and PA system to call for attention. Reporters from newspapers, tv and radio will be invited to cover the march. Government official will be invited to join and respond to the call for action.
– Stakeholder symposiums and dialogue, hosting major stakeholders; national and regional politicians, policy makers, traditional authorities, religious leaders, the media, state institutions and organisations working with the children themselves.
– Street children forums, discussion groups and other celebrations.
– Sensitization and media campaign on regional and national radio, tv and newspapers. Release of news items to the press, interviews by Street Champions, broad casting of documentaries, inviting journalists to cover the events above, radio phone-in for the public, etc.
Most activities take place in March-April (the two months around the International Day for Street Children, celebrated on April 12th ) although follow-up activities will take place throughout the year.
We started the programme together with our partner Street Children Project in Kumasi, and expanded scope in 2019 with Tamale joining in the celebrities. In 2020 we’ll bring the activities to Accra as well!
**Update May 2019**
In 2019 we reached an estimation of over 40.000 people with our activities; schoolchildren, teachers and other staff of schools, church and community leaders, street-connected children, university students and staff, decision makers, politicians, local authorities, relevant organisations and the general public through coverage by TV, radio and other media. The activities took place in Tamale and Kumasi. You can request for the full report at email@example.com.
**Update September 2018**
The annual celebration of the International Day for Street Children is a great success. To increase impact we financed the participation of staff members of our partner unto the local course ‘Mobilising Support’ from the West Africa Civil Society Insitute (WACSI) in cooperation with het Change the Game Academy from Wilde Ganzen. Because we want to increase impact; more awareness and understanding towards street-connected children, more publicity towards the work of their supporters and more commitment from the government and decision makers to find sustainable solutions towards streetism.