The Empowerment program ‘Increasing Impact’ consists of a series of actions and events to give street children in Ghana a voice and to empower them to stand up for themselves and claim their rights. With the activities we reach thousands of children, families, policy makers, politicians and other relevant stakeholders every year. Most of the activities take place around the celebration of International Street Children’s Day (on April 12).
We started the programme years ago with our local partner Safe-Child Advocacy in Kumasi and it continues to grow. In 2021 a big coalition of local NGOs working for street connected children came together and organised activities in the capital Accra and the cities of Kumasi and Tamale.
With this program we aim to achieve the following:
> Putting the issue of street children and early school leavers on the agenda of national government, policy makers and traditional authorities, and increased willingness of these authorities to commit to long-term solutions.
> Increased social awareness and effecting a positive change in the attitude of parents, communities and the general public towards street children and out-of-school children.
> Providing a common platform to street children, out-of-school children and relevant aid organizations where they can be heard and make recommendations on how to tackle the problem of school dropout and homelessness in a sustainable way.
> Building an active coalition of aid organizations and other stakeholders in Ghana to advocate for the rights of street children and out-of-school children.
The project is being carried out in Ghana’s three largest cities; Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. These cities are by far the largest part of the street children in Ghana. The project also reaches the most important relevant authorities and the largest number of people in these cities.
The project includes a large number of activities and events around the celebration of International Street Children’s Day, which is celebrated worldwide on April 12th:
- Stakeholder symposium and dialogue
- Training street children to become ‘Child Rights Champions’
- Awareness raising and outreach to schools
- A national media campaign
- Active lobby at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Welfare
- Research, reports and publications.
This project has a direct reach of about 5,000 people (relevant authorities, policy makers, government representatives, school children, teachers and employees of 40+ schools, street children and their families, university students, church and mosque-goers, local communities and their leaders, journalists, etc.). The media campaign (TV, radio and newspapers) expects a reach of at least 50,000+ people annually.