On October 10th and 11th, Child Rights International visited 40 schools in 5 regions – Northern, Eastern, Central, Volta and Greater Accra – for monitoring and evaluation of Child Rights Clubs formed with the support of UNICEF.
On these trips, CRI officers were afforded the opportunity to learn about the successes and struggles faced by children in their communities. We learned about how being in Child Rights Clubs (CRCs) was empowering children, with students like Joyce, the president of the Child Rights Club at Mampong Anglican Primary, who struggled to speak up for herself before joining the club at her school. Since joining, Joyce has become much more outgoing and assertive in her life, forming healthy relationships and standing up for herself.
Our objective of the trips was to monitor the status and progress of the Child Rights Clubs and to identify any challenges and necessary improvements or adjustments that must be made for the future success of the CRCs.
We found many positive outcomes that had arisen from participation in the clubs. All children had a strong understanding of their rights and responsibilities and visits from Child Rights Ambassadors had highly motivated them. Even though they were participating in many activities, like dramas, clean-up exercise and fitness walks, children were keen to take on even more projects in their communities.
The monitoring and evaluation trips was also undertaken so the CRI could determine any challenges the Child Rights Clubs were facing, and learn how we could improve the CRCs to make sure they are as impactful as possible for the children, communities and Ghana.
We found that many schools were struggling with resources an wanted more educational tools like books. In addition, the children’s keenness to do more meant that many asked for help holding even more club meetings.
Overall, Child Rights International found that Child Rights Clubs are succeeding in communities to empower and teach children to make the most of their education and to be active and positive members of their communities who live healthy and happy lives.