ANPPCAN is a pan African network that promotes child rights and child protection in Africa. It was founded in 1986 in Enugu Nigeria, at the first Child Labour Conference, and has national chapters in 22 African countries with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
AMPCAN envisions a Ghanaian society in which the rights of children are upheld and valued.
The organization is managed through four major organs:
1. The Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is constituted by all paid up members of the organization. It is the supreme decision-making organ of the organization.
2. The Executive Board
The Executive Board is composed of 12 members who are elected by the annual general meeting. The Executive Board is the policy making organ of the organization.
3. The Board of Trustees
All the property of the organization is vested in the Board of Trustees which also acts as the Advisory Council to the organization.
4. The Secretariat
The Secretariat is headed by an Executive Director who works with staff members appointed by directive of the Executive Board. The Secretariat is responsible for implementing and coordinating the day-to-day activities of the organization.
3.1 Membership categories are as follows:
a) Full membership - will be opened to any person who has attained the age of eighteen years, who subscribes to the ideals of the organisation and pays the prescribed membership fee;
b) Junior Membership - will be open to persons under the age of eighteen years and/or individuals who are recognised by the organisation as having the status of a student.
c) Institutional Corporate Membership - will be open to organisations, groups and companies with interest in promoting the welfare of children. Corporate applications are subject to approval by the Executive Board.
d) Life Membership - may be accorded to full members who satisfy the terms and conditions that the General Council may from time to time prescribe.
e) Honorary Life Membership - may be conferred upon any individual, association or company by the General Council acting in its absolute discretion, in recognition of their child rights promotion and advocacy record
3.2 Application for Membership
Membership of the organisation shall be sought through the completion of a membership application form as attached, and the signing of a statement of declaration espousing the ideals, purposes and objectives of the organisation, and the payment of the prescribed subscription fees.
3.3 Annual Subscription
The annual subscription fee for the various categories of members shall be determined and periodically reviewed by the General Council. The fees are:
• Ordinary Members - GHC20
• Junior members - GHC5
• Corporate Members - GHC100
The Executive Board may cancel or suspend the membership of any member who fails to pay his subscription fee without prejudice to the member’s right to re-apply for admission, subject to such condition as may be set by the Executive Board for re-admission.
3.4 Expulsion of Members
The General Council shall reserve the right to withdraw membership on the ground that a member’s conduct adversely affects the interest of the Organisation, provided that such a member shall be accorded an opportunity to be heard in its, his or her defence by the Executive Board.
3.5 Resignation of members
Any member may at any time resign from the organisation by giving a notice in writing to the Secretary to the Board, but a member who resigns remains liable to pay any outstanding membership or subscription fees that may be owed to the organisation by him/her.
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS, ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
(i) All individual members constitute the annual general meeting, which is the highest policy-making organ of the organization. This presents the opportunity of influencing organizational policy and participation in its growth and development.
(ii) Each individual member receives copies of AMPCAN publications and publicity materials.
(iii) Individual members automatically become members of their AMPCAN district groups in the districts in which they exist. This presents an opportunity to participate in the implementation of the activities of the organization at the community level
(iv) Members have access to a wide range of material on human rights issues in general and children’s rights issues in particular from the AMPCAN.
(v) Support to members to become better advocates for children
(vi) Access materials and information online
(vii) Training, workshops and conferences (resources allowing)
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
The underlying benefit to the member organizations and companies is the opportunity to give back to its community through activities undertaken by a renowned Child’s rights advocacy organization. On the other hand, the organization is able to, through the company’s contribution, carry out its activities.
Corporate members can
• Take pride in associating with a humanitarian organization which works towards creating a comfortable environment for the vulnerable children in the society.
• Exercise their corporate social responsibility (CSR) in a holistic manner with cost benefit
• Receive the quarterly newsletter and other publications of AMPCAN
• Gain publicity and recognition as they participate in events and programs
• Receive awards in recognition of their efforts in improving the status of children in need of special care and attention
• Participate in training activities as a company or institution
• Receive a discount on advertising in any of our publicity materials.
• Have a platform to discuss issues affecting children in Ghana with other like-minded individuals
• Get listed on the AMPCAN website(s) as supporters of the organization’s programmes
• Membership certificate
Direct Program Support
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, members have the opportunity to participate in and sponsor children’s activities fully or partially - cash or in kind. The accrued benefit is that the organization gets to brand the venue and have its logo on all the communication materials in conjunction with AMPCAN Ghana. In case of an exhibition, they will receive a free stand in the exhibition area.
o To network, advise and offer assistance to genuine local and international bodies working in the field of child rights, prevention and protection against child abuse.
3.5 Application for Membership
Membership of the organisation shall be sought through the completion of membership application forms and the signing of a statement of declaration espousing the ideals, purposes and objectives of the organisation, and the payment of the prescribed subscription fees.
3.6 Annual Subscription
The annual subscription fee for the various categories of members shall be determined and periodically reviewed by the General Council.
The Executive Board may cancel or suspend the membership of any member who fails to pay his subscription fee without prejudice to the member’s right to re-apply for admission, subject to such conditions as may be set by the Executive Board for re-admission.
Join AMPCAN now
You can become part of a vibrant national effort to protect children from abuse and neglect by becoming a member of AMPCAN now. To become a member, please fill the registration form attached, herewith and return to
200 Westlands Boulevard, West Legon, Accra.
P.O. Box OS 038, OSU, ACCRA
TELEFAX: +233 (0)30 2423239
You can pay your membership fee directly to the AMPCAN account number 0050134412578401 Silver Tower Branch, Ecobank. Payment can also be made from your local post office by postal order.
You should not forget that child protection is everyone’s business and our children are our responsibility