P.R.O addressing young married girls at PENIM on the need to acquire some skills to support their lives after giving birth or dropping out of school. Most girls in rural communities are faced with domestic violence resulting in school drop outs, early child birth, teenage pregnancy and go into marriage before they are 18. Our Girls groups in the various communities meet twice every month for empowerment programs while managements visit them for education and awareness or advocacy programs on health, vocation, human rights, birth control, etcetera.
Rights and Career education
The girls group in Akufful Krodua being empowered on their Rights and Responsibilities in the community. The SAID team met the Akufful Krodua girls and educate them on their Rights and Responsibilities in the communities. They were educated on career selection. It is our wish and desire that these girls are given vocational skills to be able to fend for themselves to avoid depending on men for their daily bread which result in their present conditions but our funds cannot take care of the majority so your support can help us change their stories to testimonies.
Vocational Skills and Training (VET)
In order to address the challenges related to Rural girls’ situations, we have initiated an intervention to empower girls through our apprenticeship program. The Apprenticeship Project is designed to equip girls and women in rural communities in Awutu Senya District, Central Region - Ghana.
Currently, 25 girls and young women are under the Apprenticeship program. Beneficiaries are acquiring skills in sewing or fashion design, Floral Decoration, Catering, Soap and Beads making, Hair Dressing and 2 girls in formal education offering vocational course to better their livelihood. The project seeks not only to train out-of-school girls and victims of CEFM, including in careers traditionally reserved for males, but to equip parents with gender-responsive pedagogy skills and to influence the integration of gender issues. This course allows the beneficiaries to acquire the necessary vocational skills that allows them to establish their own venture to be able to look after their families.
We contribute to global campaigns, forums and conferences geared towards attaining the SDG and EFA gender goals. The project is designed to also educate the beneficiaries to acquire knowledge in financial management and savings. Investing in girls’ and women economic empowerment and enabling them to learn, lead, decide and thrive can transform lives, communities and entire country
Empowering Women on their basic Rights and Freedom and educating them on the need to educate their female children
Every female child has the right to a safe, formal, quality education and access to lifelong learning. However, due to a combination of factors, many girls are forced to leave school while others never have the opportunity to go in the first place. The manager, Mr. Agyeman, advised parents/caregiver to give equal education to both their male and female children and were advised to treat their female and male children equally and fairly.
Fighting Child Marriage in Rural Villages
Education to end Early/Forced marriages among rural communities in Ghana. In spite of the fact that Ghana was the first country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which called for the abolishment of traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children, Ghana has one of the highest childhood marriages prevalence in the world. On the National Level 25 per cent of the females between the ages of 20-25 years are married before they turned 18 years old.
SocietyAid Team organizes women and mothers in rural communities and educate them on the challenges girls face when they go into such situation and advised them to value their female children and give them higher education and also guide
them to decide the course they prefer to study at school or even the vocational skills they desire to acquire.
Executive Director, Eric Nii Tetteh, also added that parent and guardians/caregivers should stop forcing men on their female children under 18 years old because it’s a negative practice which is inimical to child development and robs the girls of the opportunity to be physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially ready for the responsibilities of marriage and childbearing. He further stated that forcing girls into early marriage increases social isolation and launches girls into a cycle of poverty, gender inequities and higher risk of dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. He added that early marriage forces young girls to assume responsibilities and handle situations for which they are often physically and psychologically unprepared to handle and can also be affected with HIV/AIDS . He added that parents must rather give their children better education since children are gift from God. Director expressed that parent must allow their female children to pursue higher education and stop engaging them in farming activities during school hours. He added that most rural women engage children in hard Labour on the blind side and called on individuals and organization as well as government bodies to educate communities on child Labour and exploitation. He also urged community leaders and local authorities to institute laws and bye-laws that will help eliminate cultural practices that encourages child marriage and also demanded from local chiefs and queen mothers to oversee the implementation of programs for elimination of worse forms of child Labour and also facilitate the establishment and enforcement of relevant and related abuse laws and bye-laws to protect women and children in their communities.
Finally, he appealed to local leaders to plan and facilitate the establishment of child protection committees in their localities to check child related abuses and urged parents and all stakeholders to report all abuse cases to the appropriate agency for legal attention.
Campaign for Peace and Against Violence of Women and Children
As part of our lunching programs SocietyAid Ghana in collaboration with Victory Assemblies Child Development Centre organized a campaign against violence of Children and Teenage Pregnancy as well as Peace and Unity in the Ghanaian society. Several dignitaries including the District Police Inspector and National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) Director and Chairman of the Concerned Citizens Association, Social Welfare Director and others were invited to talk on the Theme ‘’Maintaining Unity and Curbing Domestic Violence in our society’’.
The Executive Director called on the Government of Ghana, For Profit organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, International NGOs, Religious, Social groups and non-religious bodies, Social Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Philanthropist, Volunteer groups abroad and home to support the vision of SocietyAid Ghana to bring into light Advocacy and Empowerment of Women and Girls in Ghana and Africa.
Offering counselling service and career guidance to rural girls who are ignorant about career choices. Most girls living in rural communities do not know their God-given potentials and that SocietyAid team offer Career Guidance program for the girls in our community Clubs to engage them is activities that may help them identify their potential and work hard to achieve it. Our Community Counselling Officers meet the girls group on quarterly bases to offer an intensified counselling in the area of health and personal confrontation and free consultation.
Executive Director, Eric Nii Tetteh and Manager, Godwin M. Agyeman presenting Mattress and pilo to Lydia Bumuqui as she journeys to secondary education to pursue Home Science (Home Economics) under the influence and support of SocietyAid Management team.
Lydia was a community Volunteer (SocietyAid) at Penim, where SocietyAid offer services to young girls. She organizes events and programs for SocietyAid to talk and educate young girls and women at Penim. Through our Career Guidance program Lydia realized her potentials and took a decision which SocietyAid in collaboration with her parents she is now in the third year of secondary education.
Rachael Tetteh, a third year senior high school student offering Home Economics has also benefited a termly support. Other primary and pre-school pupils are also provided with learning materials and tuition fees.
Health and Education
Deputy Secretary educating beneficiaries on good healthy practices and birth control mechanisms. This is avenue help SocietyAid team to educate all beneficiaries on good health practices and birth control mechanisms to prevent unusual sicknesses and unwanted pregnancy as they are in apprenticeship acquiring skills for their better livelihood. She also urged the girls to practice the family planning system in order to control and prevent them from all unwanted pregnancy during their stay in the program. She Also advised them to abstain from pre - marital sex and also advised them to stay away from adultery and fornication.
Director added that beneficiaries should remember where they are coming from and let that encourage them to do all they can to complete the apprenticeship and become extraordinary members of the communities. He urged them to use the opportunity given them to develop their potentials and also impact the knowledge gained into others