During this year’s Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, a highly interactive two (2) hour outreach program was held with the students and teachers of Millenium Presbyterian School in Kodjonya community in the Lower Manya Krobo District, Eastern Region. A total of one hundred and ninety-seven (197) students and ten (10) teachers were reached.
Radio Ada and the Daily Graphic, two media houses present selected and interviewed some of the students on the topics discussed. Fliers were distributed to students and staff at the end of the programme.
Some of the interesting questions asked by the students were;
1) Is it morally right for a child to report the father’s infidelity to the mother?
2) Is WISE the only organization that deals with domestic violence issues?
WISE reached out to a total of Nine hundred and twenty-seven (927) in 2010 bringing the number to Seven thousand and sixty-five (7,065) students and fifty-one (51) teaching staff since the commencement of the program.
We appreciate the support of our cherished philanthropists at Global Giving who continue to donate in support of our cause.
WISE’s School’s Outreach Program which aims at sensitizing students about domestic violence and abuse issues, continues to pursue this goal with the support of our cherished philanthropists at GlobalGiving.
Since January, 2010 till date, a total of eleven (11) outreaches have been held in schools both in the Greater Accra metropolis and the Buduburam refugee settlement in the Central region of Ghana. In all these outreaches, a total number of seven hundred and forty (740) students (made up of 360 males and 380 females) where reached. Four (4) out of the eleven (11) outreaches were held in Accra with a total number of 198 students whiles the remaining seven (7) outreaches were held on the Buduburam Refugee settlement with a total number of 542 students reached.
WISE has reached out to a total number of twenty-six (23) schools on the Buduburam Refugee settlement, one on the Krisan Refugee settlement and sixteen (16) schools in the Greater Accra Region. In total, six thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight (6,868) students and forty-one (41) teaching staff have been reached in our outreaches since the commencement of the program.
As part of the annual Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign, WISE will be celebrating the 2010 Universal Children’s Day with some children at Manya Krobo, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
We could feel the sense of excitement and competition grow in the room as the two teams prepared to face off.
Students in the audience began to whisper and giggle while choosing sides. We were at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Buduburam refugee settlement about an hour and a half outside Accra and the second annual WISE quiz bowl was about to begin. Two teams of three students, one girls, the other boys, had been selected to answer questions about sexual harassment, child abuse, and other forms of abuse which they might encounter. These questions were intended to test the lessons these students had learned from WISE’s trainings, teachings, and counseling in the school and the Buduburam refugee settlement.
Within minutes of the game beginning, it became clear that these students really knew their stuff! When asked “What is the difference between rape and defilement?” Casey effortlessly responded that whereas rape is sex with someone who did not consent, defilement is sex with a child of or under the age of 16 who does or does not consent. Joseph, on the other hand, was ready with the answer when asked “What are three ways to prevent abuse in your community?”
“1. Education; 2. empowerment; and 3. advocating for survivors,” he recited.
According to WISE, 75% of school girls in Ghana have suffered from sexual harassment; and aggressive behavior from young boys is common. That is why the answers that these students easily provided were so remarkable and why it is clear that WISE is not only doing important work, but that it is making a meaningful impact in the refugee settlement and throughout Ghana as a whole!
WISE not only came recommended by St. Gregory’s School’s principal, but it also received praise from active volunteers and other local organizations. Myself and my fellow travelers would like to add our names to the list of endorsements!
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Alexis and four other In-the-Field Travelers are currently in Ghana before they are making their way to Mali and Burkina Faso. They'll be visiting more than 30 GlobalGiving projects in the next month. Follow their adventures at http://itfwa.wordpress.com/.
• Through its School’s Outreach Program, WISE has reached out to a total number of twenty-three (23) schools on the Buduburam Refugee settlement, one on the Krisan Refugee settlement and twelve (12) schools in the Greater Accra Region. In total, six thousand one hundred and twenty-eight (6,128) students and twenty-eight (28) teaching staff have been reached in our outreaches.
• The total number of students reached on both the Buduburam and Krisan Refugee settlements to date is two thousand three hundred and sixty-six (2,366) students while three thousand seven hundred and sixty-two (3,762) students have also been sensitized and empowered in the Greater Accra Region.
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*Through its School’s Outreach Program, WISE has reached out to a total number of twenty-two (22) schools on the Buduburam Refugee settlement and ten (10) schools in the Greater Accra Region.
*Total Number of students reached out to from September, 2005 to date is 2,193.
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