International Needs Ghana (INGH) joins the world to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL). The theme for this year’s celebration is: Resist Child Labour! Improve the Safety and Health of Young Workers towards Achieving SDG Goal 8.
INGH believes that all children have the right to be free from all forms of child labour and we affirm our commitment to supporting efforts at achieving this objective.
Since 2001, our Child Rights Programme has been involved in projects that have either prevented or protected children from hazardous work such as children in ritual servitude, fishing, cattle herding, stone quarrying as well as commercial sex exploitation.
INGH is a member of the National Steering Committee on Child Labour and has played key roles in the drafting and evaluation of the National Plan of Action 1 for the Elimination of Child Labour.
As we mark World Day Against Child Labour, we share highlights of our anti-child trafficking project: Growing Up Free, an Effective Response to Child Trafficking in Ghana.
- 140 children prevented from being trafficked
- 206 children freed from trafficking
Both survivors and those at risk of being trafficked received educational, vocational and psychosocial support.
- 38 children successfully reunited with their families
- 9 perpetrators arrested leading to 4 prosecutions and 2 convictions.
- 30 child rights clubs formed to enable children champion their own protection
- 34 Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) and 68 community facilitators and 6 District Child Protection Committees (DCPC) trained to protect children from all forms of abuse, violence and exploitation
- Over 130 families received services such as business management training (in financial literacy, livestock rearing and vocations)
- 15 Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) have been formed; empowering community members to adopt a savings lifestyle, enabling them to access loans and to become financially independent in order to provide for their children and not to traffic them to earn a living.
- Over 120,000 people have been reached through various awareness creation programmes (community-wide meetings, house to house, sessions with faith-based organisations, radio stations, community public address systems).
Growing up Free, is a 4-year project being implemented by INGH in partnership with Free the Slaves with funds from the US State Department.
As part of this year’s celebration, INGH is partnering with the Child Rights Club at Ekumfi Otuam (one of the project communities) in the Central Region. Children from the school-based club will march through the various streets in Ekumfi Otuam to raise awareness on the rights of the child and the dangers involved in child trafficking.
As we observe the World Day Against Child Labour, INGH calls on state actors with the mandate for protecting children at the National, Regional and District levels to make concerted efforts to roll out the National Plan of Action 2 to protect children from Child Labour.
We also call on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and children to rise up to ensure that our communities are safe for the healthy development of the next generation.
Let’s work towards a country where our children are protected from abuse of all forms.