Projects Abroad Human Rights Office Accra, Ghana - Monthly Reports
Monthly Reports from 2013
Accra High School
In November, the team focused on the rights of the child. Due to various scheduling conflicts, it was only possible to conduct two sessions this month but both the volunteers and the children strived to ensure that the most was made out of these two sessions.
Dealing with emotional distress and maintaining optimism
In the month of September, the volunteers continued to divide their lessons into social skill training and teaching English, mathematics, and geography. This approach has proved successful as the boys clearly benefited from reflecting on their lives and individual qualities whilst also improving their knowledge of various subjects.
Addressing fear and uncertainty
In the month of August, the volunteers amended the format of their bi-weekly sessions in order to better suit the needs of the boys in the centre. At the beginning of the month, each session consisted of teaching the boys English and mathematics and the boys were eager to improve their skills, as they seemed aware of how essential it is for their future.
Girls' Correctional Facility
The Girls' Correctional Centre is a juvenile remand centre for girls convicted of a criminal offence, such as petty theft or rostitution. Although in a government institution, the girls are denied access to education, so the volunteers hold classes in basic mathematics and English, as well as training in human rights, responsibilities and life-skills.
This past month, the Community Advocacy project has focused its outreach in the rural community of Dodowa, which is a 2 hour drive from Accra. One presentation was on Marriage and Intestacy; the other seminar focused primarily on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.
Legal Services Desk
Another PAHO operation in the Old Fadama Slum, the Legal Services Desk is a rudimentary drop-in legal service for a community with effectively no access to legal resolution. It is run in conjunction with WISEEP, a local NGO concerned with the economic empowerment of women living in Old Fadama.
The Death Penalty Project
Article 13 of the Constitution of Ghana states that ‘[no] person shall be deprived of his life intentionally except in the exercise of the execution of a sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence under the laws of Ghana of which he has been convicted.” The Death Penalty Project is PAHO’s contribution to the Coalition for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Ghana (‘the Coalition), an advocacy group coordinated by Amnesty International.
Social Justice Projects
The Accra High Club held some great sessions this in March. Each lasted nearly three hours and involved some very lively debate. Our resident journalist Sarah accompanied the team to conduct video interviews, and we are looking forward to seeing the final product.
Social welfare facility
The Social Welfare Facility is an institution for Ghanaian children who are in trouble with the law, who have found themselves in a dire situation. The Boys’ Remand Centre is a detention centre for boys awaiting trial, while the Girls’ Correctional Centre is detention centre for girls who have already been convicted of a criminal offence, and the Children’s Shelter is for the boys and girls who have been abused or who have run away from home.
Social Justice Projects
The Human Rights Clubs Project was created by the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHO) through an Amnesty International initiative. It involves teams of our volunteers visiting Accran high schools to lead the student members of their respective Human Rights Clubs in discussion and debate on a broad range of past and present human rights issues.