Children should be able to advocate their rights. To do this effectively, they need to be guided and provided with a platform that will give them the opportunity to express their feelings and learn about issues affecting their lives.
It is against this background that Savana Signatures has designed children empowerment training module known as the “Young Reporters”. This platform provides space for young people to learn about their rights, build their confidence and interact with their peers on issues of child rights, education, reproductive health services and legal support.
The training module is under the auspices of Integration of ICT in Education Project (IIEP) and aimed to give young people the voice and chance to tell their own stories, become advocates, learn to use their voices through youth platforms for change.
They are also to learn to use technological tools such as digital cameras, internet, blogging to create and post content about children’s rights.
The Young reporters is made up of 100 selected school children in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality who are trained to use digital media to create content about their rights and share it with the world. They are also trained to map their communities and report on unfavorable issues affecting children’s rights to health, education, safety, clean water and environment now or likely to affect them in the near future.
The young reporters’ platform gives young people the opportunity to make a strong case for change in society particularly on issues affecting their rights to education, decision making, clean water and environment and SRHR.
In Northern Region of Ghana, cultural and religious settings turn to restrict young people from making their own decisions and openly discuss their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This restriction turns to affect the fundamental human rights of children and put them at risk.
This called for an innovative programme that would provide young people a platform to raise their voices and be heard in society, hence, Young Reporters concept.
Under the young reporters’ module, young people have the opportunity to share with other children issues affecting their well-being or otherwise in society.
The project is envisioned to sharpen the skills of young people to tell their own stories, lead in children rights advocacy campaigns and actively involve themselves in decision making in society.
The focus of this training module is on active, hands-on-learning. They are being trained to speak out, seek answers to issues affecting them and also raise awareness about child rights, sanitation and quality education.
To empower young people to be able to speak out about their rights, Young Reporters’ training manual was developed by a team of child and human rights experts and facilitated by Savana Signatures. Click here to access Young Reporters training manual.