Ghanaian Children Marked International Aflatoun Day with Clean Up Exercise

A student holds a placard with Aflatoun symbol

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 by a consortium of three (3) Non-Governmental Organization; Savana Signatures, ACDEP and New Dawn.

It uses an integrated approach to empower young people with Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), Social and Financial Education (CSFE), access to quality financial and youth friendly services and strong parental and community support and for in and out-of-school young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years.

This project combined experiences from the Aflatoun International which teaches children about their rights and money, My world and My Life and World Starts With Me, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programmes.

The celebration was used to promote environmental cleanliness, personal hygiene and SRHR issues in Yapei community.

some students working during the clean-up exercise

The students cleaned up Yapei Market Square of filth, Yapei town, clinic and held one-on-one interaction with market women and men on the need to keep the environment clean.

They also marched through some principal streets with placards some of which read, “observe personal hygiene”, “clean up your environment frequently”, “cover your food well”, “wash your hands with soap under running water regularly” among other messages.

The children through the activities of Aflatoun have become agents of change in schools and in communities.

The day’s activities ended with a health talk on adolescent reproductive health services at the Yapei Health Centre where young people interacted with health workers on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The Aflatoun inspires children to explore and engage with the world around them by means of activities, stories and games.