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To Serve or Not To Serve!

Seeing the tweet from my tweep @GanyobiOko sent me down memory lane, I recall experiences of me volunteering long long ago – how time flies… I started volunteering when I was a child- the impact though small was worth it because it was and has always been a win-win. Church, School and NGO’s – including Blogging Ghana have all giving room for me to be part of a process that engaged, exposed me to issues worth addressing, educated, entertained, groomed me and helped grow my colleagues, friends and networks. Reciting memory verses, reading and quoting from the Bible? Joining the junior choir; moving to youth choir when I left Sunday school and being part of the Church choir was amazing.  The drama and dance club in primary school; debating and joining the school choir at junior secondary school too offered opportunities to shape my public speaking and skill of self-confidence. I served as class captain for two years and handed over because I had received a higher calling- Assistant Boys Prefect, my leadership and organizational skills were put to test, extra groomed for life and the world of work.

In an Interview with the BeBold  TV show crew on Volunteering at #BlogCamp13!

In an Interview with the Be Bold TV show crew on Volunteering at #BlogCamp13!

My association with the Curious Minds Ghana – “Children and Youth in Broadcasting” strengthened and built my intellect even more on broad issues of self, community, national and global development, I am indeed grateful to our Coordinator Mr. Kingsley Obeng Kyere and fellow colleagues especially the GEMS team for the positive peer-effect that has transformed and inspired others like myself- in and out of the organization. I owned a copy of Ghana’s Children’s Act 560- given to me by my Auntie, renowned broadcaster Mama Araba Otsuwaa – all I knew in there that made some sense then was who a child is. Listening to “unique curious minds” that aired and keeps airing on Uniiq 95.7 MHz and was wowed by my age-mates and even younger ones talking about rights and marrying them with responsibilities, quoting from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other legal frameworks Ghana had embraced to ensure the best for its future today. My good friend Rudolph Tulasi who was a member, took me to one of their meetings, I enjoyed every bit of the discussions- BIG TALK! It didn’t end there oo… it followed with a BIG WALK! Imagine me in the Uniiq FM studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC), advocating with a team on radio for better conditions for young people in Ghana…

Inspiring Younger ones by Volunteering with "Hold-A-Hand"

Inspiring Younger ones by Volunteering with “Hold-A-Hand”

Will tell you more about the “CMExpereince” in another blog post! In short I have transitioned from member, to advocating actively and contributing to policy and analyzing them in Ghana and abroad, to assisting in production, manning the console during live sessions at Obonu and Uniiq FM, collating views across the globe and managing social media platforms, organizing in school chapter sessions, acquiring journalism and basic communication skills on the job, representing the organization at meetings and on other bigger networks- home and away from home, I DIDN’T PAY A PESEWA. All these and many more for VOLUNTEERING, staying committed to the cause and learning from all encounters- both good and bad… oh yes, it hasn’t been all glowing – I just didn’t let the intimidations get me down- we are all partners in the development process, we all have something to offer- no matter how small, it all adds to the “world we want”. If many young people see volunteering as I have- we’d solve many challenges in many sectors of our economy, volunteering to teach will sharpen your skills as a teacher- the community and students benefit too… contributing to growing Ghana’s human resource. In farming- you will contribute to feeding plenty mouths and acquiring skills to start your own agri-business. I am communicating well with you now because of my volunteering background! Note- time spent volunteering is never wasted, why? You touch lives, contribute to development – and improve yours too… don’t worry about cash- it will come in due time. So “No Financial Gain? – No Pain”  “The best way to learn on the job is to volunteer- FREE work experience”.

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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Law Enforcement Agencies Equipped On Child Labour

A regional workshop to promote collaboration, coordination and networking for national level law enforcement agencies on child labour opened yesterday in Accra.

Round table Discussion

The purpose is to build capacity of law enforcement agencies and equip them on existing laws that protect the rights of children especially from child labour.

In a statement by Mr. Stephen McClelland, Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO-Ghana, he stated that data available indicated that one of every five children in the nation was a child labourer. He mentioned that Child Labour was reducing in some parts of the world but increasing in West Africa. He was hopeful that the training will go a long way to equip the agents and their agencies to contribute more towards reducing incidents of child labour in Ghana.

Mr. Eric Okrah

Mr. Eric Okrah (child protection Specialist), took participants through many of the legal frameworks; Local and International- binding Ghana, the ILO conventions 138 and 182, Criminal Offences Act, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, The African Charter on the rights and Welfare of the Child and others. He advocated the strengthening of enforcement agencies on Children’s rights. He noted that Ghana had many good policies and we needed to bridge the gap between ratifying and implementing, since it was a great challenge to the nation. He also mentioned the need to resource enforcement agencies and make provision for them in budgetary allocations.

Mr. Atukwei Sam Quaye

Mr. Atukwei Sam Quaye, Cordinator of the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System also introduced participants to the system of Monitoring, Identifying, preventing, rescuing and rehabilitating children in some Child Labour prone areas, He took participants briefly through the process of collecting data, processing and analyzing and producing information on their monitoring, he also shared best practices and successes chalked over the years. He noted that the system had challenges and that they were being worked on especially at the data collection level.

Mrs. Elizabeth Akanbombire of the Child Labour Unit of Labour Department, under the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare presented concepts, incidence and child labour interventions in Ghana. She stated that Generic, Economic and Environmental Factors strongly determined and influenced the development of Children. She stated that Children acquire skills and a sense of responsibility that enhances their future as they do light work and entreated all to note the difference, and that Child labour “…is work performed by a person below age 18, which deprives the person his/her basic human rights and is abusive, hazardous, exploitative and harmful to the health, safety and development of the Child”. She shared estimates of Children in Labour, 2,474,545 children engaged in economic activities, 1,273,294 are engaged in child labour and 242,074 are engaged in hazardous work (according Ghana’s last Child Labour Survey in 2003).

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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Kids Speak: what would U do if You owned a TV or Radio Station?

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I took to the streets of Accra interviewing children to know what they would do if they owned a media house (Radio & Television)! Their views as usual were interesting; I spotted a 14 year old student of the St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Kanda, she mentioned that she would use her media to meet the needs of both the young and old, I was surprised, she spoke of varieties of items for her audience and viewers at all times, allocating time for children’s story-telling and poetry recitals, also apportioning much of the time for Ghanaian Programs on air, why? She felt we were too open or over-exposed to western culture and this has affected our culture, not forgetting programs for children-run by children themselves, she had noticed nudity and sexual scenes on TV and said her media house would show movies with nude scenes late in the night, when most children are in bed. Interesting- huh?
I next spoke to a group of children who were from school and were on their way home, they said their TV or Radio stations would do entertainment all day, they would love to play their favourite songs and show their favourite movies, they mentioned quite a few, and believe me it was what they were much exposed to, probably. Two of the boys wanted Action movies and wrestling on their networks, they literally said they learn some fighting moves and use them on their friends whenever they fight i.e. a punch in the face or kick in the groin (fatal moves). Some of them also wanted Sports on their Stations; they equally wanted their peers to host many of the programs on their Stations. Cartoons/Animation was definitely on the program menu of another group of children, they said they would dedicate a station solely for that. Other children I spoke to had no idea what they would do if they owned a TV or Radio Station, I don’t know why, but they left my questions unanswered and shy.
My curiosity landed me in a household in Osu-Accra, where I saw an out-spoken girl who was ever ready to grant me the interview, Hannah was her name, “Hannah Coleman” she insisted I called her such, she is 10 years and is a student of Aggrey Memorial international School, in class five (fifth grade pupil). Hannah also wanted her class-mates esp. best friends to host all of her TV and Radio programs, she felt they were the best to handle those programs; she mentioned news as her number one program on her own TV station, then Telenovelas, Hannah mentioned over 7 Telenovelas of which I had personally watched 2 and she could recall names of casts too. I was shocked! So was my Cordinator, Mr. Kingsley O. Kyere as he listened to the sound bites I had gotten from my interviewees.
Bottom line? Children are discerning-they know what is on-all around them. Let’s not forget, Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) gives children the right to access the media with utmost responsibility. Are most children exposed to the right information esp. from the media? Secondly, Do these Scenes (nude and Violent) and Strong languages ensure a child’s development? Why aren’t movies rated? Who’s responsible for what gets on TV or on Radio? Where is the National Media Commission (NMC), what’s their role in this? Where do parents and older siblings come in? Am asking many questions right? They demand answers! Okay what do you personally think about this issue? I would be glad if you leave a comment. Thanks!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Issues!

 

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