Client: Free the Slaves (FTS)
Title: Promoting Children's Rights in Informal Gold Mining Communities, Ghana
Date: December 2011- March 2012
Brief Description: This was an eighteen month project being implemented in 10 communities in and around Obuasi area. It covered 3 districts in the Ashanti Region: Obuasi Municipality, Adansi North and Amansie Central. The main purpose of the project was to create an environment that would protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse occurring in and around informal mining sites. The project assumed that even in a context of extreme social exclusion, community members can act to reduce sexual exploitation of all children. Its’ innovation lies in making use of the local culture by merging research and education, focusing on both abuses as well as on nurturing behaviour. Using “narrative pedagogy” methods, this project developed printed, illustrated narratives reflecting the theme of sexual abuse in informal mining communities. Materials included information about child health, how to recognise abuse, how to talk to children and how to prevent child abuse.