Promoting Social Norms, Rights and Achievements of Children in Ghana

 

Introduction

Through a partnership with UNICEF, Child Rights International is implementing a project called, “Promoting Positive Social Norms, Rights and Achievements of Children in Ghana”. This project aims to protect children from all forms of abuse and violence, to inspire children to work hard for their education, regardless of their wealth or background, and to educate them on the dangers of teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and infections, and child marriage.

It is a two year project covering five regions of Ghana namely Greater Accra (Dangbe West and Ga West) Central (Gomoa East and Mfantsiman Municipal), Eastern (Akuapim North and New Juaben), Volta (North Dayi and Nkwanta North) and Northern (Nanumba North and South) regions. 

Empowerment and Inspiration

Child Rights International has established and trained Child Rights Clubs (CRCs) in all of these districts, which were later visited by Inspiring Ambassadors. 

The Inspiring Ambassadors tertiary members of Child Rights Clubs who were members of CRCs at the secondary level, and have experienced much success since their time in their clubs. The Inspiring Ambassadors visit clubs in all project areas 

While visiting, they will share stories of their education success and other positive experiences in life. They will give academic counselling and advice for furthering children’s education. In addition, these Inspiring Ambassadors will teach about reproductive health, incorporating the help and knowledge of School Health Education Programme Coordinators.

Have a look at stories and experiences shared by our Inspiring Ambassadors and Child Rights Club members here.

 
Photo by Stephanie Gasana

Photo by Stephanie Gasana

 

Child Protection: Code of Ethics for Journalists

With support from UNICEF, Ghana Journalists Association, National Media Commission, Right to Play and World University Service of Canada, Child Rights International led the development of a code of ethics for journalists reporting on matters concerning children.

The Child Protection Code of Ethics for Journalists is based on international legal and ethical frameworks for the protection of the child, in addition to best practices for child protection.

The goal of the Code of Ethics is to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct among all journalists in their reporting, and to provide guidance for journalists to report issues of children in conformity with journalism ethics, particularly respect, dignity, and promotion of the rights and well-being of children in Ghana.

To ensure that this Code of Ethics was effective, a series of core principles and values were set out.

Core Principles

Reporting on children in Ghana shall be based on the following principles:

  1. Best interest of the child
  2. Preservation of children's rights, dignity and respect
  3. Effective integration of children into community and society
  4. Avoidance of stigmatization and discrimination

Core Values

The standard behaviour of every journalist in Ghana shall follow these core values:

  1. Recognition of fundamental human rights and responsibilities of every child in Ghana
  2. Appreciation of the uniqueness and developmental stages of children as stipulated by law and international instruments
  3. Upholding, strengthening and supporting the existing child and family welfare policy
  4. Recognition of children as social actors capable of initiating change
  5. Avoidance of discrimination against children
  6. Creation and support of the maintenance of safe and healthy settings that foster children's physical, intellectual, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development

Ethical Guideline

The ethical guideline for journalists reporting on children centres on four basic points.

  1. Protect the privacy and dignity of the child
  2. Ensure participation and full consent is obtained
  3. Recognize the journalist's responsibility towards society for the interest of children
  4. Maintain sensitivity and consideration in the placement of images, videos and messages of children in news reporting