Ghanaian Students Present Policy Proposals

Mar 24, 2014 / Civitas International Programs
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Student teams from nine regions of Ghana presented their policy proposals at the annual National Project Citizen Showcase on February 10–11, 2014. The showcase was organized by the National Commission for Civic Education, the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs partner in Ghana.

Presentation on low participation of women in local governance by a student from St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary

Presentation on low participation of women in local governance by a student from St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary

Ten teams of secondary school students participated in the showcase, including teams representing nine regions of Ghana and the previous year’s national showcase champion, St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary.  The national showcase culminated months of work by student groups, facilitated by their teachers, to research community issues and develop policy proposals to address those issues. The table below provides a summary of the regions, schools, project topics, and proposed policy solutions represented at the national event.

Region

School

Topic

Proposed Policy

Eastern Region

Aburi Girls Senior High School Maternity Leave, a Challenge to Exclusive Breastfeeding In Ghana Extension of maternity leave to seven months

Upper East Region

Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School Eliminating Indiscriminate Waste Disposal in the Zaare Community;  a Collective Responsibility. Local authorities should ensure every house has a toilet facility and a dustbin

Ashanti Region

Anglican Senior High School (Kumasi) Causes and Effects of Street Hawking Among Teenagers in the Kumasi Metropolis and How it can be Managed
  • Parents should be prosecuted if their underage wards are found hawking.
  • People who patronize goods from teenage street hawkers should be made to face appropriate action

Volta Region

Awudome Senior High School, Tsito The Effects of Plastic and Polythene Waste on the Environment in the Ho Municipality The  rigid enforcement of the environmental sanitation by-law that would mandate courts punish people who dispose of waste recklessly

Upper West Region

T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School Wa The Persistent Stigmatization of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in Wa Municipality
  • Intensive public education
  • Provision of free anti- retroviral drugs

Upper West Region

St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary Low Participation of Women in Local Governance
  • Increased public education on the rights of women
  • Affirmative action (reserving a quota of seats in district assemblies for women)

Western Region

Archbishop Porter Girls Secondary School Illegal Mining and its Effects in the Western  Region with Particular Reference to Mpohor And Wassa-East Districts Establishment of a special  miners’ court

Northern Region

Tamale Senior High School Child Labor
  • Introduction of vocational and technical training
  • Introduction of Child Labor as a core subject in schools’ curriculum

Central Region

St. Augustine’s College The Plight of the Mentally Challenged in Ghana
  • There shall be a special commission  for mental health and the mentally ill
  • A mental health fund should be set up for this purpose
Greater Accra Accra Girls Senior High School The Menace of Kayayei  (Female Porters) – The Way Forward
  • Intensive public sensitization on harmful effects of outmoded cultural practices
  • Industrialization and infrastructural development in the northern regions (where the porters originate from)
  • Enforcement of the element of compulsion and public education on Ghana’s Free Compulsory Basic Education Policy
  • Provision of skills training centers in every district
T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School’s presentation on “The Persistent Stigmatization of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in Wa Municipality”

T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School’s presentation on “The Persistent Stigmatization of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in Wa Municipality”

Bologatanga Girls Senior High School presenting on “Eliminating Indiscriminate Waste Disposal in the Zaare Community”

Bologatanga Girls Senior High School presenting on “Eliminating Indiscriminate Waste Disposal in the Zaare Community”

Archbishop Porter Girls’ School’s project on illegal mining in the Western Region received top honors. Sponsors of the event included the European Union Delegation to Ghana and Star Assurance Company Limited, a Ghanaian insurance company.

Ghana’s Project Citizen program is administered by the National Commission for Civic Education, which works in collaboration with the Center for Civic Education and other international partners.

The Project Citizen curricular program was developed by the Center for Civic Education and has been adapted by its Civitas International Programs partner organizations for use in more than sixty-five countries. It has been recognized as a model program that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for competent and responsible participation in the political life of their communities. Through Project Citizen, young people—from elementary school students to young adults—learn how to monitor and influence public policy.

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