Regions: Africa   Asia   Latin America

Name of Organization: Environmental Protection Association of Ghana (EPAG)

Country: Ghana

Project Title: "Withdrawal of children from Child Labour in Amansie West District through awareness raising, social mobilization and replacement to skill training, formal and informal education"

Project Timeframe: 6 months

Location of Project: Amansie (West District)

Budget Amount: $9,000

NGO contact and website:
PO.Box AS 32 Sawasi
Kumasi, Ghana
Phone: 223-51-29950

Project's Primary Objective: Raise awareness of the importance of education for all children, and mobilize a wide array of actors to improve and expand education infrastructures.

Description of Organization: The Environmental Protection Association of Ghana (EPAG) was established in 1987 and registered with Registrar General's Department and Department of Social Welfare. Its vision is to provide Ghana (specially the Ashanti Region) with self-sustainable environment and health for its people to live a decent and comfortable life. The Association has ten branches in the Ashanti Region including Kumasi, where its headquarters is located and from where the project will be co-ordinated, and four in the Brong Ahafo Region.

EPAG's mission is to encourage, support and provide activities which promote environmental and health sustainability in Ashanti and Ghana. Its broad objectives are promoting environment, clean society and ecologically sound sustainable development.

EPAG has been implementing environmentally-sound income generating activities, sexual and reproductive health services and child rights projects since its establishment. It has experience in community mobilization, peer education, information sharing, education, life planning, child labour issues and mainstream of street children into skill training. EPAG is a member of some leading networks such as GAPVOD, Ashanti Regional Network of NGOs (ASHANGO), the Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child, Ghana National Education Campaign coalition, International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (WANGO).

Description of Project funded by CIRCLE: In Ghana, child labour exists in many forms; from hidden versions such as slave labour in fishing, industry, drug trafficking (children are also trafficked for work), prostitution and domestic work, etc., to visible ones such as pushing carts, hawking items on the streets, working in local restaurants and cocoa farms, and others. The present and past governments have been committed to the elimination of child labour and the well being of children in general as Ghana has ratified ILO Conventions Nos. 138 and 182 and to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The development objective of EPAG's CIRCLE project is to contribute to the elimination of child labourer in agriculture farms in Amansie West District of Ghana. At the end of the project, ten communities in Amansie West District will be sensitized, mobilized to fight child labour especially in agriculture farms. Thirty community Child Labour Committees will be trained; 500 posters, 500 stickers, and 50 ‘T' Shirts printed and distributed; 10 Community Durbard will be organized; and 30 children will be withdrawn from work into formal education.

This innovative and cost effective project will build strong partnership with major stakeholders, district assembly to design and implement child welfare policies that will ensure the health growth and development of children in an enabling social environment.

Project Targets (Common Indicators):
Enrollment: 30 children
Persistence: 90%
Transition: No transition to other non-CIRCLE funded programs
Completion: 90%