a. Child Rights Advocacy & Child Rights Clubs
We create awareness in schools and the communities on children rights, child abuse and ways of combating them. To this end, AMPCAN is piloting a Child Abuse and Child Rights sensitization & awareness creation in selected schools in the Adentan municipality in the Greater Accra region. The module developed also includes the duties and responsibilities of children. This activity has resulted in the creation of child rights clubs that meet weekly to gain knowledge and share information. Issues emanating from their discussions are shared with the Coordinators appointed for each school to facilitate quick and appropriate responses to abuse and neglect.
b. Improving Children’s Access to Education with Materials and Equipment
AMPCAN is partnering with Children International, the Ministry of Education, PLAN Ghana and other partners to provide books to schools in vulnerable communities. Books donated include mathematics, English and science textbooks to enrich school libraries and to provide much needed school materials to those not having access to them. This activity is being expanded to include improved access to ICT materials and equipment such as computers, printers, internet access, etc.
c. Care Reform Initiative – AMPCAN cooperates with the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the regulation of residential care facilities in Ghana. AMPCAN contributed to the development and refinement of Minimum Standards for Residential Care Institutions as well as the Adoption Policy of Ghana. Support to Care Reform also includes monitoring of care facilities and practices which will inform the Department in its registration, monitoring and deinstitutionalization practices.
With UNICEF support, AMPCAN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Social Welfare to monitor the De-institutionalization programme countrywide. Under this, AMPCAN social workers, psychologists, counselors, etc visit children who were in residential care institutions that have been closed down to monitor their current physical, social and psychological conditions and provide linkages and support to enable such children reintegrate and develop in the community.
d. Exchange of Personnel Programme
AMPCAN participates in the Exchange of Personnel programme through its Regional Office. The programme allows volunteers from Ghana and other countries in Africa to support work in various ANPPCAN Chapters so that they can return to their home countries with experiences and skills that will enhance operations in their home countries. AMPCAN sends out at least one participant to an African country every year. The experiences gained and the sharing done is tremendous.
e. Girl Power Project–Dutch Alliance
AMPCAN is participating in the Girl Power Project funded by the Dutch Government. The Project seeks to bring about significant change in the areas of Protection, Education, Participation and Economic Empowerment among girls and young women in four districts of Ghana. The clientele communities are two districts each in the Eastern and Upper West regions. Approximately 15,840 girls/young women will experience change that will enhance their opportunities for growth with about 21,000 indirect beneficiaries.
f. Child Helpline International
The Girl Power Programme also has a component where AMPCAN will be working with other stakeholders to strengthen the child protection and referral systems in Ghana. This will include the establishment of the Ghana Child Helpline. A helpline is a toll free phone and outreach service that is accessible to children whenever they require assistance or just need someone to talk to. The service provides emergency assistance and links children to long-term services when needed. The service will also provide the opportunity for peer-to-peer counseling, thereby building a network of young persons who can advocate for policy issues concerning themselves. Some of the partners include DOVVSU, Department of Children, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Education, UNICEF, members of the Child Abuse Network, GNCRC, Telecom operators and other partners.
g. Resource Center
We operate a child right resource centre at our offices which children and the public at large can access