This project has been designed as part of NMFP’s effort to redress the issue of conflict and child abuse and its related cases, which is on the increase in the Ghanaian society. The project will, among other things, help redress the rampant cases of conflict through misunderstanding and child abuse and also promote the ideals of the UN convention on the right of the child and the peace in the world.
Under the pilot program, which is during the first year of its implementation, the following objectives will be achieved;
- Training of peace advocates and project personnel by consultants
- Establishment of resource center for effective and efficient implementation of the project.
- Establishment of Peace Advocate and outreach unit. The outreach and peace advocate unit will also assist with the educational aspect of the project.
The project aims at assisting a total of 1900 beneficiaries during the project and as many as 1200 Politicians, Religious Leaders and Youth to know the negative consequences that WAR brings to HUMANITY. In addition, an institutional framework will be put in place to develop a strategy to ensure the long – term sustainability of the project. The project will give specific attention to the needs and rights and peace of the Child and Humanity in the Country.
During this period the project will give special attention to the target group through sensitization as well as consolidating the institutional structures for a long term sustainability of the project.
Approval of an expansion component will be considered after the initial 4 years of the project, following a preliminary assessment of achievements under the pilot project. The expansion component will cover other identified sites in the project area.
Principal characteristics of the area are set out below
- Area and location: km, Agona West Municipal in the Central Region, Ghana.
- Population: 115,358, 54159 males (47.9%) and 61,199 females (53.1%) per the 2011 census
- Power supply: All zonal and urban towns are hooked on the national grid
- Water: Kwanyaku Dam serves all the Agona Municipalities and Districts and 5 adjoining Districts. Smaller communities are having bore-holes. All urban towns have portable water.
- Telecommunication: Available in the Municipality
- Financial services: there are 11 banks both Government and Private Banks in the Municipality
- Education: The Municipality has 138 Primary schools, 85 Junior High and 5 Senior High Schools
- Principal economic activities: Agriculture is the principal activity with about 40% of the working population employed in this sector, the service sector is largely confined to public administration, education, health services and commercial activities.
- CONTENTS OF THE PROJECT
All over the developing world, the issue of Political Conflicts and Child Abuse is on the rise and Ghana is no exception to this phenomenon. In spite of the fact that Ghana is the first country, south of the Sahara to adopt the UN convention on Peace and the right of the Child, cases of Political Conflict and Child Abuse abound in the country.
Prior to the preparation of this project document, a research covering the entire project site (Agona Swedru and its immediate surrounding areas) was conducted. The main objective of the research was to ascertain the fundamental issues pertaining to conflict and child abuse. One of the major findings was that (more than 10%) of the population of children sampled would have wished to be in school. However they are not in school, due too parental neglect and inability of parents and guardians to send their children to school for lack of resources (poverty)
In politics, everything we do, the winner takes all and poor management of our economy have led to illiteracy, broken marriages/homes due to ignorance on the part of parents and guardians as a result. The world will not see or enjoy PEACE and all the time Child Abuse and cases of conflicts will be on the increase.
Conflicts and Child Abuse cases also identified during the survey included sexual exploitation, child labor, parental neglect, child delinquency, child trafficking and physical assault against children. Very often, reports of these forms of abuse are carried in the mass media. In the first quarter of last year 2014, a woman was sentenced to death for assaulting her step son to death, for no fault of the boy. The research carried out indicated that this vulnerable group of children will benefit from NMFP’s program.
Prior or on – going assistance towards abuse of peace and children
A number of both governmental and non – governmental organisations (NGO’s) are already involved in the promotion of Peace in the world and the right of the child against abuse. This project will work closely with all such initiatives to ensure joint or coordinated activities where possible.
The project will cooperate with a number of national agencies, NGO’s and other bodies which are able to contribute to the effectiveness and impact of the project. These agencies may also benefit from the training program for counterpart staff which will be integral part of the project.
At the central level, it is foreseen that the project will collaborate with the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare (especially the welfare division), Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) of Korea and other NGO’s in the country and outside the country to exchange ideas, other material resources and joint organization of workshops and seminars where necessary.
At the Municipal level, the project will be working with local authorities, including community leaders, social welfare officers, law enforcement agencies and other competent organisations/bodies.
- PROJECT JUSTIFICATION
- Problem to be addressed: Pre – project Situation
The problem to be addressed by the project is the rampant Religious/Political Conflicts and Abuse of Children in Agona Swedru and its immediate surrounding areas.
Since PEACE is the most important thing in the World and Agona Swedru is part of the World, the project will collaborate with International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), Korea, to assist those disadvantaged Youth and Children in the society as well as conscientizing the minds of parents and guardians about the importance of Youth and Children to the development of the guardians and National economy at large.
The Religious Leaders and the Politicians often use the less privileged and disadvantaged youth to create conflicts in which the women and children as well as youth themselves suffer most.
At the moment, there is no project in the Agona Swedru area addressing the issues of religious/political conflict and child abuse. The problems to be addressed by the project must also be seen in the wider context of the youth and children of Agona Swedru’s longer term needs for security against their rights for peace and their knowledge of the rights to abuse.
- Expected End of Project Situation
The project will be implemented in two phases: a pilot and expansion phases.
Approval of the expansion will be conditional on an initial assessment of achievements under the pilot phase and at the end of the project period. At the end of the Pilot Phase, the project would have been expanded to larger areas and assistance provided to vulnerable youth and children in the area. Also every community within the project area would have established an office to address the special issues of abuse of peace and child abuse. One major output of the project is the awareness to be created among parents and guardians as well as a change in attitude (in a positive direction) towards the welfare of youth and children in the Agona Swedru area.
An in-depth evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the project will be undertaken towards the end of the project as a basis for assessing whether further expansion is required.
The beneficiaries of the project will be the youth and children as well as parents and guardians in the community. The target population for the project can be expected not to exceed 600 as discovered from the preliminary research conducted prior to the preparation of the project document.
Priority will be given to assisting the neglected youth and children who do not have any form of education as a result of broken homes and parental neglect. The project will assist this group of youth as there are threats to peace in the area, the country and the World at large to enable them have some form of education and also acquire some vocational skills to occupy them (not to be used by Politicians and Religious leaders to abuse). The next level of priority will also be given to other disadvantaged groups such as the handicapped and school drop – outs.
In the longer term, the beneficiaries of the project will be the youth and children population parents and guardians and the society as a whole.
- Project Strategy and Implementation Arrangements
The basic strategy of the project is to establish institution units staffed by national professionals to provide the needed logistic supports and assistance for day to day operation of the project, a project secretariat will be established from where the coordination and smooth running of the project will be taking place. A resource center will also be established to provide the following services:
- Training of the human resource base such as facilitators and volunteers for the outreach program and effective running of the center.
- Provision of the needed training materials and other equipment.
- Organizing workshops, seminars and other vocational training for the youth and the children as a means of equipping them with vocational skills for future self-employment.
- Educating parents, guardians and the public on issues affecting the rights of youth and children.
- Provision of recreational and educational facilities such as libraries for the welfare and educational needs of these neglected youth and children in the community.
As earlier stated, during the survey conducted prior to the preparation of this project document, it was identified that one major cause of child neglect is economic hardship (poverty). Emphasis will therefore be placed on identifying possible economic opportunities that could generate some income and equipping them (parents and guardians) with the needed skills and materials to start something on their own, as a way of redressing the problem of poverty among parents and families in the community.