Let’s Motivate Girls to Stay in School

Let’s Motivate Girls to Stay in School

Education is an area that culture and religious norms in Africa have offered little opportunity to the girl-child. This accounts for the larger number of female illiterates and one of the major obstacles to the socio-economic and political development among African women. Education is an important tool that empowers women. This, both the Cairo and Beijing conferences of the United Nations affirmed. It is also an area that offers some of the clearest examples of…

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Ghanaian Children Marked International Aflatoun Day with Clean Up Exercise

Ghanaian Children Marked International Aflatoun Day with Clean Up Exercise

Young children in Yapei Presbyterian Junior High School in Ghana joined their peers around the world to mark International Aflatoun Day. The day was marked with cleaning exercise and community sensitization on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and personal hygiene. The 2016 International Aflatoun Day celebration in Ghana was facilitated by one of Savana Signatures’ child focused projects known as “Young People in Charge”. Young People In-Charge (YPIC) is a 2-year project being implemented…

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Empowering Girls for Development through ICT

Empowering Girls for Development through ICT

A Special newsletter chronicling how Savana Signatures, a youth-led, youth-centered and gender sensitive programming ICT for development (ICT4D) organization based in Ghana with the mission “To equip youth, women and vulnerable groups with ICT skills for personal and professional development through the innovative use of ICT” and a vision “A society where relevant information, knowledge and skills for development are enhanced by equal access to and use of ICT” is empowering girls using ICT. The…

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Parents Condone Trauma of Child Brides

Parents Condone Trauma of Child Brides

In Ghana child marriage is a traditional practice found in almost every tribe. It has been established and practiced for decades and now seen even by this current generation as nothing “so-evil”. However, straying from this established practice and tradition may not be very easy as young girls continue to fall to men’s sexual desires. The Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) was right to describe the situation as endemic and called for…

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Teenage Pregnancy and STI infections are not Deliberate Acts

Teenage Pregnancy and STI infections are not Deliberate Acts

“How?  No! No! It cannot be. What do I do? I am finished” exclaimed Naasara after visiting a community clinic laboratory. She had complained of severe stooling, fever and general body pains and was encouraged by her mother to see a doctor. Though seeing a doctor was not the best idea, there was no option considering the severity of her condition. Weeping uncontrollably, Naasara had just realized she did a mistake by having unprotected sexual…

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SIMBOX Fraud; A Threat to Telecos in Ghana

SIMBOX Fraud; A Threat to Telecos in Ghana

There are frustrations everywhere. How will you feel if you are unable to call or return a call to a business partner outside the country or reach a doctor surgeon to book a surgery appointment so critical to the life of your loved one as a result of unnecessary congestion on the telephone network? Well, when next your calls to a friend outside this country failed to go through, know that there might be somebody…

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Ensuring Quality Education Needs New Approaches

Ensuring Quality Education Needs New Approaches

Education is a right and all children of school going age irrespective of where they live in Ghana must be given access to quality education. The role of education to human resource development of a nation cannot be overlooked. Education continues to play a crucial role in human development and has been recognized as one of the tools or a pivot in which social, economic and political development revolves. Regardless of gender, religious or political…

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A Model Project Curbing Rate of Teenage pregnancies and STIs in Schools in Ghana

A Model Project Curbing Rate of Teenage pregnancies and STIs in Schools in Ghana

“All children have the right to be protected from harmful practices, the right to health and the right to know and share information” according to the UN Convention on the rights to sexual health information. All children are vulnerable irrespective of where they live and need to be guided and protected hence national and international conventions on the rights of children. In our traditional settings, children are denied their rights to know and access information…

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The Use of ICT Tools in Monitoring and Evaluation

The Use of ICT Tools in Monitoring and Evaluation

Resources have become extremely scarce while expectations for development are growing. The search for more efficient systems to measure impact is on. Various governments are also working to improve their own ways of measuring the impact of their investment. The demand for citizen participation in development activities is also increasingly being demanded likewise voices for accountability and transparent use of national resources. This is so because donor agencies, governments and Non government agencies want to be…

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Socio-Cultural, Religious and Sexual & Reproductive Health Education in Ghana

Socio-Cultural, Religious and Sexual & Reproductive Health Education in Ghana

She bends, eyes peeking in pain and drops the kitchen knife with which she has been peeling cassava since morning. “I feel like something is coming out of me,” Fatimatu Yakubu aka Lamisi says hurriedly. She sighed aloud hmmm in response to a sharp back pain as she tries to stand up straight. She drops the knife to support her waist. She clenches her fist and holds her belly tightly with the other hand, Lamisi…

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