Promoting Rights and Social Inclusion
This broad area of our work prioritizes the promotion of the rights of children and other vulnerable groups in society. The key focus is on the child’s right to basic quality Education including Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Inclusive Education (IE). We also work at enhancing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI). Within the school environment, we also have an interest in issues such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Our work in basic education also seeks to enhance the literacy, numeracy and life skills of out-of-school young people especially girls whilst safeguarding them against exploitative labour, trafficking among others.
Good Governance and Accountability
Under this theme, our focus is to strengthen the voices of citizens in pursuance of responsive, democratic and accountable institutions (formal and informal). We also aim at promoting the participation of women and other minorities and vulnerable groups in local governance. We are into partnerships with community, district and regional level stakeholders to ensure that we catalyze in ways possible for these governance institutions and actors to be responsive and accountable to all sections of society. Other aspects of work in this theme include land rights and sustainable land use management; improving access to land and other productive resources for men and women and tackling the binary and partisan posture of youth in development initiatives.
Diversifying Employment and Livelihood Options
Youth unemployment is a major development challenge. Enabling young people to find employment is considered to be a key strategy in achieving Ghana’s commitment to its development strategy and many other global goals including the Agenda 2063 and the sustainable development goals.
Some of the challenges/barriers facing young people entering the world of work generally include;
- Lack of work experience and practical skills and knowledge
- The lack of access to job offers and inexperience in looking for work, as well as in writing job applications, makes it more difficult for them to find suitable work;
- The lack of functioning job centres to provide work readiness services to improve employment opportunities for youth.
- Lack of information and access to funding, entrepreneurial skills and potential markets;
The main focus of our work in this area has been on skills development and apprenticeship. We intend to expand on this to include other job endeavours as young people transition into adulthood.