Norsaac enlightens stakeholders on its PASS project

Tamale,– Norsaac, a civil society organisation (CSO), has engaged officials from the Planning Unit of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council to enlighten them on the concept of its Promoting Adolescent Safe Spaces (PASS) project, in Tamale.

The engagement also brought together representatives from state institutions working in the area of children and adolescents welfare, including, the Ghana Health Services, Ghana Education Service, and the Department of Social Welfare.

It was meant to persuade participants to adopt the concept of the PASS project in their activities, and also seek their collaboration to successfully implement the project to help enhance the well-being of young people in its operational areas.

The PASS project is a five-year project which begun in 2019 and sought to roll out interventions that would aid the growth and development of young people to help them realise their potentials.

It is being implemented in 15 communities each in Kpandai and Tolon, and 10 communities in the Tatale-Sanguli districts of the Northern Region, 10 communities each in the West Mamprusi and Mamprugu Moagduri districts of the North East Region as well as 10 communities in Bole District of the Savannah Region.

It is jointly funded by UNFPA and UNICEF through their Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage and offers a framework for promoting the rights of girls to delay marriage, addressing the conditions that keep the practice in place, and caring for girls already married.

Madam Nancy Yeri, Girls and Female Empowerment Manager at Norsaac, who made a presentation on the PASS project, said it focuses on enabling girls at risk of child marriage to choose and direct their future and support households to demonstrate positive attitudes towards adolescents girls.

“It aims at strengthening the systems that deliver services to adolescent girls by seeking to ensure laws and policies that protect and promote adolescent girls’ rights are strictly enforced”, she noted.

She said since its inception, the project had carried out various strategies, including Girl Led Programming, Boys Supportive Programming, Mural Painting Strategy, I care for adolescent strategy, and Girls Network strategy.

These, she added, were geared towards enhancing the livelihoods of young people in the implementing regions.

Madam Yeri, therefore, encouraged participants to adopt the concept of the PASS project in their activities to complement their efforts in achieving the social wellbeing of young people.

She said, “For us at Norsaac, we have worked on these modules and have achieved some desirable results, and we believe that when these institutions pick up these concepts they could provide the necessary support to our young people”.

Participants at the meeting commended Norsaac for undertaking the project and said they would collaborate with the CSO and work together to address challenges that affect the overall growth and development of adolescents.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mentally deranged woman kills 53 year-old relative at Twifo-Kayireku

Twifo-Kayireku (C/R),- A suspected mentally deranged woman, identified as Gloria Yeboah, on Tuesday allegedly killed a 53-year-old relative at Twifo-kayireku in the Twifo Atti-Morkwa District of the Central Region.

The deceased, Adwoa Kesewa, 53, farmer, left behind seven children and several grandchildren under her care.

The 43 year old suspected murderer, has been known to be mentally unstable for more than 25 years and was undergoing medical treatment at the Ankaful Psychiatric hospital.

Until the act, the suspect was believed to be relatively calm, approachable and not known for any violent act and therefore the cause of her action was not immediately known.

She was reported to have hit the deceased with a club in the head killing her instantly.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Charles Addei Boateng, Twifo Ati-Morkwa District Commander, confirmed the incident to the the Ghana News Agency.

He explained that at about 0630 hours on Tuesday, the Command received information about the incident and immediately sent a team of police personnel to the crime scene.

He said on reaching the place, they found the deceased lying motionless in a pool of blood and the suspected killer arrested by the folks in the community.

The body of the deceased had been deposited at the Twifo-Praso government hospital while the suspect had been taken to the Ankaful Psychiatric hospital for medical attention.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ending child marriage is crucial to the country’s development – MoGCSP

Ho,- Madam Malonin Asibi, Head of Domestic Violence Secretariat, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP), has said that child marriage continue to have negative impact on the country’s quest for accelerated socio-economic development, therefore, all hands approach was required to tackle the menace.

She said though child marriage had declined significantly in recent times, the practice was still ongoing in some parts of the developing world including; Ghana and was exacerbated due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Madam Asibi made the statement at a day’s Regional Stakeholders’ meeting in Ho, organised by the Domestic Violence Secretariat, under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in partnership with UNICEF.

She said “ending child marriage was crucial to the development of the nation and attainment of the SDGs (Goal Five),” thus, the need for drastic and pragmatic mechanism to deal with the issue.

It was aimed at sensitising stakeholders on, and looking at possible ways of ending child marriage in Ghana, and was attended by traditional and religious leaders, District Social Welfare Officers, the media, officials from National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) among others.

She said the outbreak of the novel coronavirus had totally erased most of the investments and efforts made over the years in reducing child marriage to a national prevalence of 19 per cent according to the 2017/18 MICS.

She underscored the need for the country’s institutions to be strengthened to transform lives, improve well-being of children and improve the overall economic development for the betterment of all citizens.

Madam Asibi said effective implementation of the country’s laws and policies would help ensure access to health and social services including sexual and reproductive health services and provide comprehensive social safety nets for families.

She said availability of the services would assist in reducing a girl’s risk of having her childhood stolen through child marriage.

She said studies showed that, girls in rural areas were more vulnerable to child marriage than those in urban areas, with girls from poor households being the worst affected, and called on stakeholders to play their role effectively to nip the situation in the bud.

Mrs Thywill Eyra Kpe, Volta Regional Director, Department of Gender, said child marriage remained one of the pervasive abuse of the rights of girls globally with over 650 million women and girls alive today married before 18 years.

She said in Sub-Saharan Africa, 37 per cent of women were married before age 18, and an estimated 12 million girls were married annually before the age of 18.

Madam Kpe said poverty, low levels of education, geographical location, religious and traditional beliefs continued to threaten the fight against child marriage and must be dealt with decisively in partnership with all stakeholders to safeguard the future of the girls.

She said child marriage had a dire developmental implications for the country as it depleted the nation’s valuable future human resource, put pressure on our limited resources, and posed a threat to country’s safety, security and health systems.

Madam Kpe said the role of stakeholders was critical to finding a lasting solution to the menace as the marriages happened in communities, churches and homes.

We owe it a responsibility as stakeholders to do our part in ensuring that every child has a voice, a chance to live and a future for sustainable national development, she said.

Madam Joyce Odame, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF, called on government and Civil Society Orgnisations to keep up the momentum and speed up efforts to enable the country achieve its targets.

She described child marriage as a multifaceted issue which required a concerted effort, and commitment from all stakeholders to find amicable solution to it.

We still have a long way to go as Ghana stands at a risk of missing the SDG targets if we do not accelerate our collective actions and efforts to end child marriage, she said.

The participants pledged their commitment to ending child marriage in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery aims to plant 40,000 trees under green Ghana project

Kyebi(E/R),- The Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has targeted to plant over 40,000 trees under the Green Ghana project, the Presbytery Chairperson Rev.

Speaking after a tree planting exercise in Kyebi in the Abuakwa South Municipality of the Eastern Region, he urged members to take good care of the planted trees to its maturity.

The Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery under the Green Ghana project has planted over 12,073 different tree species around its 26 pastoral Districts.

The tree species were made up of 5,600 Coconut and 3,473 shady trees with the Forestry Commission supplying 3,000 Coconut trees.

Rev. Dr Kissi commended all and sundry for a good work done and said the Presbytery would continue to plant different tree species through-out the exercise.

He also commended the Forestry Commission for the supply of most of the tree seedlings.

The tree planting also involved the participation of the following Senior High Schools which covered acres of lands with Begoro Presbyterian Senior High School(PRESEC) covering seven acres, Osino Presec covering five acres, Asiakwa St Stephens covered four acres and Apedwa Presec covered two and half acres.

The Presbytery Children’s Service also planted 3,000 shady trees around the Mission Houses to mark the exercise.

The Presbytery JHS students at Kade and other students in the Presbytery took part in their various schools.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Asantehene enumerated, calls on Ghanaians to patronize Census

Kumasi,- Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, has entreated the citizenry to take keen interest in the ongoing 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC).

The exercise, he said, was tied to the nation’s development agenda, citing its relevance to planning, data collection and resource allocation in the country.

It was the responsibility of all and sundry to strive to give accurate information to ensure the success of the Census, the Asante king appealed.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, made the call after he had been enumerated by officials of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The programme also saw all the staff of the Palace being counted.

Enumeration of the citizenry commenced on Monday, June 28, after the Census Night, which targeted travellers, the homeless and visitors lodging in hotels and guest houses.

More than six million people are targeted for counting in the Ashanti Region, which had over four million people being enumerated in the last Census.

The Asantehene cautioned Ghanaians to demand the identity cards of the GSS’ Field Officers who would be coming to them for the counting exercise.

This, he said, was necessary in order to avoid impersonation.

Dr. Kobina Abaka Ansah, the Regional Statistician, re-echoed the importance of the PHC, saying it was in tune with the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He hinted that about 13, 000 Field Officers had been engaged for the Census in the Region, which is expected to last for about two weeks.

Source: Ghana News Agency

TTU dismisses one Student and suspends 61

Effia (WR),- The Takoradi Technical University (TTU),has dismissed one student and suspended 61 others for various academic offenses.

The dismissed and suspended students numbered 62 were punished for examination malpractices, misconduct and unacceptable behaviours.

Mr Richardson Panyin, the Public Relations Officer of the school who made this known to the GNA, said four were for unacceptable conduct,57 for exams malpractices and one dismissed for misconduct.

He said churning out responsible students for industry and Ghana meant that students were properly trained, shaped and guided to lead sound moral lives.

The PRO added, “our quest to become the University of Choice hinges on both academic and moral discipline”.

The students have been formally notified, he indicated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lower primary pupil sets up foundation to inspire reading among children

Accra,– Master Uriel Prince Boateng Aryeetey, a primary 3 pupil of Covenant Presbyterian School, has established the Uriel Foundation to build up the culture of reading among young people in the country.

The foundation, named after him, would undertake reading exercises in schools among school children and provide reading materials to less-privileged children to develop their reading skills.

Master Uriel Aryeetey said his mission was to inspire, empower and inculcate reading habits in children through undertaking reading activities and donate books to less-privileged children.

He said he was inspired to set up the foundation after he won a reading competition dubbed Bookworm Reading Contest, saying, the competition opened him up to the importance and benefit of reading.

“By the end of the competition, I had developed my communication and public speaking skill. That is why I want to help other children through the foundation to be able to read and be proficient,” he reiterated.

Mr Edward Addo-Yobo, Greater Accra Regional Director, Ghana Library Authority, commended the young founder for his initiative and expressed the interest of the authority in supporting his foundation.

Mr Addo-Yobo advised parents to encourage their children to read, saying, reading broadens one’s intellectual capacity.

“We need to cultivate the habits of reading among our children and ourselves as this improves our communication skills and broaden our horizons. The ability to read is a prerequisite for learning, let’s encouraged our children to read ,” he said.

He said the reading habits of students were on the decline due to new platforms such as social media, adding that, social media should rather be a platform to increase one’s reading habits.

Mr Addo-Yobo advised students to regularly patronise libraries in the country to read and learn.

Mrs. Evelyn A. Antwi, Headmistress of the School, commended Uriel for his initiative and encouraged everyone to fully support him.

She urged all students to draw inspiration from him and take up reading as a habit, because reading was the genesis of greatness.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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