Thursday, 20 Nov 2014

The right to a childhood in Ghana

Ghana was the first country to ratify the UNCRC and used it as a guiding factor to create child right policies. The UNCRC clearly defines a set of rights that all children are entitled to. Our work at Challenging Heights is to ensure that children in Ghana receive these rights. particularly their rights to family, education, and protection from hazardous labour and economic exploitation.

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Since the ratification of the UNCRC I believe that children have become better off in Ghana”

Since the ratification of the UNCRC I believe that children have become better off in Ghana and all over the world but there is still a lot of work to be done. Many of the children we have worked with are not only denied an education but have been denied a loving family environment. At Challenging Heights we believe it is imperative for children to be taken care of by both their parents regardless of they are married, divorced, or born out of wedlock. This is very important for the children because it creates an environment in which they can thrive and ask for what belongs to them… their childhood.

This is very important for the children because it creates an environment in which they can thrive and ask for what belongs to them… their childhood.”

This is why much of our work at Challenging Heights is in accordance with the UNCRC as we work to ensure every child achieves their right to education and are protected from hazardous child labour. At Challenging Heights we also find the Guidelines for Alternative Care an important factor in reintegrating former child slaves with their family. We have to account for the rights of the child! Their opinion matters and we strive to create an alternative adult environment where children can grow and fully develop their potential following the guideline to “maintain the child as close as possible to his/her habitual place of residence.” Before resorting to institutionalised care it is important that all other outlets for the child to attain a safe and loving family environment are fully explored.

Member: Challenging Heights      Country: Ghana