Archive | April, 2012

High Incidents of Death amongst HIV positive teachers affect quality of Education

27 Apr

Accra, Ghana, April 24, 2012

 High incidents of death amongst HIV positive teachers could further worsen the teacher-pupil ratio and thereby weaken the educational system in sub-Saharan Africa. Like all members of the population, teachers are susceptible to HIV. In countries with high HIV infection rates, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa, this susceptibility is increasingly noticeable. Failure to address this situation would result in poor quality of education and also impede efforts to achieve the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This has necessitated the meeting in Accra (April 24-26) of representatives of existing national associations of teachers infected and affected by HIV in WCA, HIV focal points of the Ministries of Education, teachers’ unions and key national and international stakeholders from about 12 countries. They are addressing challenges with the aim of strengthening teachers’ role in contributing to prevention efforts in the region and to ensure that teachers living with HIV can be supported through effective policies and programmes, protecting them from HIV-related stigma and discrimination as well as ensuring access to prevention and care.

According to UNESCO, the meeting is the result of the strong partnership established between Ministries of Education, UNESCO, ILO, the World Bank, UNAIDS, WHO, Education International, and Partnership for Child Development.

It is also critical to note the importance of sexuality education in HIV prevention among young people. It may not only provide value for money but, in some cases, major cost savings regarding the cost and cost-effectiveness of school-based sexuality education. Participants will exchange ideas and identify common key elements to improve coordination, advocacy and networking and strengthen links between Ministries of Education, Teacher Unions and Networks of positive teachers, a statement from the Ministry of Education indicated.

Expected output of the three-day workshop outcomes include a plan of action highlighting areas of work between teachers’ unions, MoE and HIV positive teachers’ associations, an agreement around the development of a policy framework on HIV and AIDS in the education sector to reflect R200 and protecting the rights of teachers infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and the creation of a sub-regional network of associations of teachers living with HIV and AIDS.

Cynthia Prah UN Information, Accra

Carl Ampah UNESCO Ghana

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TIME FOR ACTION- Apostle Amoako-Attah, Freedom Chapel Int’l

24 Apr

Apostle Amoako-Attah, Freedom Chapel International Overseer, has taken a swipe on the recent violence that characterized the biometric registration exercise in some parts of the country and has called on the government to live up to its words by creating employment for the unemployed youth.

According to him if those youth involved in the recent violence were employed it would have been difficult for them to be swayed by some politicians to cause trouble during elections.

He dared politicians to exercise decorum and stop inducing the youth to misbehave at political platforms but rather set good examples (foundation) for the youth to build upon it, a legacy that is worth emulating.

He said this in an interview on recent developments which might lead to this year’s General Elections, with the National Times in his Church Office in Accra.

“Politicians should stop promoting ethnocentrism with disregard to invading Ghana’s fledgling democracy’, he noted, adding that it was also necessary for them to exhibit self discipline in their activities at the right time and place.

Apostle Amoako-Atta noted with regret the breakdown of respect in society that has engulf the youth in recent times, stressing that the consiquence of the absence of Religious and Moral Studies in Ghana’s Education Curricula, as well as bad precedence set by ‘our’ politicians and leaders in the country is the cause of the problem.

He seized the opportunity to encourage Christians, especially more women to participate in politics in order to instill discipline and show good examples for the youth to emulate rather than leaving it to some politicians alone.

The man of God further noted that the “Ghanaian Culture” of respect that ‘our’ forefathers bequeath to us is no more.

In his reaction to the recent comments by the Asin North M.P which has been the cause of sensation in the air waves, he urged the security agencies to be neutral in tampering justice and avoid playing politics with wrong doings in order for a lasting peace in Ghana to prevail.

“In practicing our culture, we should note that C-means control, where we all no matter the circumstances’ should try to control ourselves. ‘U’ signifies understanding, where one must understand one other. Whiles ‘L’ stands for learning from our mistakes and moving on in life. ’U’  stands for trusting one another as well as trusting that with a common goal Ghana can develop. ‘U’ means unity, whiles ‘R’ also shows respect  of which the youth must hold fast. ‘E’ means endurance”, he stated.

ROAD SAFETY MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED INAUGURATES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

24 Apr

The Road Safety Management Services Ltd (RSMSL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies with the mandate of managing road safety in the country – has inaugurated a new board of directors to steer the affairs of the company.

In a short ceremony witnessed by management and staff of Jospong Group of Companies, RSMSL Management, five distinguished personalities were sworn in as members of the new Board of Directors for Road Safety Management Services Ltd.

The Board of Directors includes Mr. Joel E. Nettey as Chairman, Mr. Alex Kwadjo Boateng as a member of the Board and Mr. Inusah Musah, also as a member of the Board.  The rest are the General Manager of RSMSL, Air Commodore Dery as member of the Board and Madam Gifty Ofori as secretary of the Board.

Prof. Stephen Adei, the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Jospong Group of Companies, thanked the appointed members for accepting their respective roles and entreated them to bring their expertise and experience to help RSMSL undertake a national cause of reducing road carnage to the barest minimum. He told them that their responsibility as members of the Board was not to be involved in the day-to-day activities of the company but to formulate policies, oversee the right recruitment of personnel and set achievable targets for the company. He finally implored members to be dedicated in their duties and make it a priority to always read Board papers.

The Chief Executive Officer of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr.  Joseph Siaw Agyapong was very appreciative of the members for accepting to be part of RSMSL, and accepting to do a national service of preventing the loss of lives and properties through road accidents. He was very optimistic that members would work assiduously to ensure that the Road Safety Management initiative works.

Air Commodore Dery on his part welcomed the setting up of the Board of Directors to oversee the operations of the Company.  He said that the Board and Management will share responsibilities in the policy making and policy implementation for the firm. He emphasized that Management of RSMSL would have to work hard in order to account to the Board.

Members of the Board of Directors were sworn in to office by Rev. Asante Ayerh of the Church of Pentecost, Teshie District. In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Joel E. Nettey, Chairman of the Board, thanked the CEO of Jospong Group for the appointment of members. He stressed that members will not take the challenge of overseeing the operations of RSMSL lightly and they will implement policies that would affect the company positively. He also promised that the Board will not interfere with the day-to-day running of the company, which is the sole responsibility of management.

FCA –Ghana Host Rochelle Feinstein in Ghana

19 Apr

The Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, FCA-Ghana, is hosting Rochelle Feinstein, a New York based International artist, under the smARTpower sm initiative in Ghana.

The FCA-Ghana is an active network of artists created to administer and streamline an alternative platform for the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art in Ghana.

It organizes exhibitions, seminars, workshops and issues publications to raise awareness of and develop critical thinking about contemporary art and artist in Ghana.

Rochelle Feinstein, who in currently the Director of graduate Studies of Paintings/printmaking will as part of her fellowship under the smart power sm in Ghana is expected to facilitate a series of workshops for Ghanaian artists, art students and community youths in Jamestown as well as render public presentation.

These will be held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Jamestown, and Technology, Kumasi, and the School of Applied Art Tarkoradi Polytechnic – Tarkoradi, (SAATP-Tarkoradi) respectively.

The smARTpower sm is an initiative of the U.S Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Bronx museum of Arts with additional support from Roberts Sterling Clark Foundation, and Lori Schiff Chemla and ALTOR, partnered in Ghana by the FCA-Ghana.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts sends 15 U.S artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community based art projects.

Selected artists designing and implementing programs within a 45 day period in cooperation with local arts organizations in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela.

The first workshop under the ongoing project starting from the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre is under the Theme: LABoratory: A test site for visual artists, focuses on strategic thinking, creating a question to be solved, delineated by subject and materials.

Participating artists are expected to construct new work based on introduction or re-examination of art making and the relation of reception to specific experience, including performative work, painting, and other work. They will learn more about who they are and their potential.

Information presented will vary: visual, historically specifics through the media, statements manifestos, and films. Through this accumulation, each participant is expected to create new works with an altered understanding of a recent past of their present.

The second workshop will have the artists from LABoratory: A test site for visual artists, will join Rochelle Feinstein to train 15 community youths from Jamestown in printmaking in both College of Art, KNUST, and SAATP-Tarkoradi, after which she will facilitate a one-day workshop with art students with focus on the ideas behind their work including a presentation on her work.

The FCA-Ghana encourages dialogue, experimentation and explorations.

Through these avenues, this active network of artists, FCA-Ghana aspires to develop and expand as it networks and collaborate with artists and art organizations on local, regional and international levels.

However, most recently, the New York based International Artist has been awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, for her project “The Enigma Machine”, 2012-2013.

She received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1975 and M.F.A from the University of Minnesota in 1978. Since 1995, she has been a Professor, School of Art Yale University.

WaterAid Releases New Report

19 Apr

Liberia: Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

By: WASH R&E-Liberia

An International Aid Agency, “WaterAid” has released a new report in which it says the lives of 3,783 children could be saved in Sierra Leone if it met its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve the proportion of people without safe sanitation by 2015.

Mr. Apollos Nwafor, WaterAid Team Leader for Liberia Sierra Leone

The report, “Saving Lives”, reveals that Sierra Leone is one of 57 countries currently most off-track to meet its sanitation MDG target. On current trends Sierra Leone is due to halve the proportion of people lacking sanitation by 2435, missing the MDG sanitation target by 420 years.

According to the latest figures released by UNICEF and the WHO, only 13% of the population has access to safe sanitation. The MDG target for Sierra Leone is for 56% to have access for improved sanitation by 2015.

According to the Country Representative of WaterAid in Sierra Leone, Apollos Nwafor, by meeting the Millennium Development Goal target on sanitation by 2015, they can save the lives of nearly four thousand children in Sierra Leone, noting that they need to do more to save these lives.

The report comes as 70 ministers from governments around the world attend the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting on the 20th of April, 2012 in Washington DC, the United States of America.

Mr. Nwafor further said the Washington Meeting is crucial to turning the corner on providing essential life saving access to safe water and sanitation. He called on the government and the international community to grasp the opportunity and act in response to the crisis of lost lives

The WaterAid report also says that the lives of 2.5 million people around the world would be saved if everyone had access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

The report concludes that there are more people in the world today without sanitation than there were in 1990, and “the poor quality of sanitation and lack of access to safe drinking water causes 1.4 million child deaths every year due to diarrhoea, and that present deaths are preventable”.

Diarrhoea caused by unsafe drinking water and a lack of quality sanitation is the biggest killer of children under the age of five in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the second biggest killer of children worldwide.

The Sanitation and Water for All meeting in Washington on 20th April brings together 100 ministers and delegates from over 50 countries to discuss the water and sanitation crisis. Participating governments have to bring pledges to the table on increasing access to water and sanitation for the next two years; donor governments also have to provide commitments ahead of the meeting.

The meeting is part of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings and brings together governments, NGOs, the private sector and civil society.

WaterAid is an international aid agency that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. The Organization works with partners and influence decision-makers to maximize our impact.

WASH Civil Society ENDs General Assembly

19 Apr

LIBERIA:Monday, April 16th, 2012

  1. …Network Established, New Leadership Elected – By: WASH R&E Network-Liberia –
  2. Civil Society Organizations across Liberia involved in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector of the Country, have ended their first General Assembly in Monrovia with the adoption of several recommendations and measures including the change of name from the Liberia CSOs WASH Working Group to the Liberia Civil Society Organizations WASH Network.

One of the working sessions of the 1st General Assembly of the Liberia CSOs WASH Network, held in the conference room of the WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia (April 10-12, 2012), in Monrovia Liberia CSOs WASH Network newly elected Officials reiterating their commitments for WASH, while being installed by Mr. Samuel Pieh, Coordinator of the Liberia WASH Consortium

Mr. Prince D. Kreplah, Chairman of the Liberia CSOs WASH Network, delivering his induction speech during the ceremony

Mr. Samuel Pieh(right), Coordinator of the Liberia WASH Consortium Discussing WASH issues with Mr. Apollos Nwafor, WaterAid Team leader of Liberia and Sierra Leone

The Network is to lead a sustained advocacy in the WASH sector of Liberia and provide support to the poor, marginalized and vulnerable people to access safe drinking water, improved sanitation and good hygiene by using human rights based approach.

The newly established Liberia Civil Society Organizations WASH Network says it will engage government, development partners and other relevant national, international and county level stakeholders to ensure that service delivery in the sector is truly improved.

The three-day 1st General Assembly of the WASH CSOs which was held at the Central Offices of the WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia also adopted a 3-year Strategic Plan to serve as a road map for the implementation of the Network’s policies and activities.

The official launch of the Liberia Civil Society Organizations WASH Network was performed by Mr. Apollos Nwafor, Team Leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Mr. Nwafor reminded the WASH Civil Society Organizations of their role in holding government and other WASH stakeholders accountable of ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene across Liberia.

He reiterated his Organization’s commitment to the support of the Network which has already started through an existing partnership.

For his part, Mr. Samuel Pieh, Coordinator of the Liberia WASH Consortium performed the induction of the newly elected Officers of the Liberia Civil Society Organizations WASH Network.

Mr. Pieh challenged the new WASH Civil Society Leaders to remain focused in their quest of advancing improvements in the sector in the interest of the Nation and people, especially the less-fortunate in society.

He also challenged members of the newly established Liberia CSOs WASH Network to remain supportive of initiatives, advocacy and education to ensure all Liberians and foreign residents have access to WASH.

Mr. Pieh said the level of dynamism being exhibited by the CSOs in the WASH Sector is an indication that the Group is committed to ensure that there is improved access, quality to water, sanitation and hygiene for all in Liberia.

Mr. Pieh also used the occasion to remind the Network members how important and critical the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene is, describing it as the life wire of any economic development and the foundation of good health including tourism.

The Liberia WASH Consortium Coordinator commended members of the newly established Network for the positive step taken.

In remarks, the Chairman of the Liberia Civil Society Organizations WASH Network , Prince D. Kreplah, said the holding of the 1st General Assembly is in fulfillment of the tenants of democracy which guarantees participation in decision making.

Mr. Kreplah further said the Assembly created the space for members to usher in a new leadership of their choice and it also identified the weakness and strength of the Group.

He said the transformation of the Liberia CSOs WASH Working Group into a full Network is part of the steps leading to the decentralization of its activities, expansion of membership and it will enhance the quest to achieve its mission, vision and objectives.

The Liberia CSOs WASH Network Chairman described as critical, the needs of the population which include revitalization and rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities, construction and maintenance of water points, latrines and creating massive awareness to increase the understanding of the masses, stressing that they will be top on his agenda.

Mr. Kreplah further disclosed that the Network has strategized using rights based approach to engage and lobby President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, “WASH Goodwill Ambassador for Africa” and her government especially lines Ministries, Public Corporations and the National Legislature to accelerate action with the goal of ensuring that the population access safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities with strong emphasis on vulnerable groups and hard to reach communities.

“The new Leadership with support from broad based Membership will lobby the 53rd National Legislature of Liberia for the establishment of a Standing Committee on water and sanitation in both Houses that will provide oversight on the sector and issues”, Kreplah pointedout.

The newly elected officials to steer the affairs of the Network for the next three years are Mr. Prince D. Kreplah of the Citizens United to Promote Peace and Democracy in Liberia as Chairman, Mr. Augustine N. Myers of the WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia, as Co-Chairman, and Mr. A. Saydee Monboe of the Liberia NGOs Network, as Secretary General. Others include Miss Nelly Attidigah of the Liberia Women NGOs Secretariat of Liberia, and Rev. Isaac Kamara of the Bomi Chapter of the Liberia CSOs WASH Network as Steering Committee Members, respectively.

The Liberia CSOs WASH Working Group was established in 2009 with the purpose of bringing water, sanitation and hygiene needs of the population of Liberia to the center of national development planning and agenda setting.

With three years of existence, the Organization in collaboration with partners has succeeded in influencing the government and development partners to take serious action aimed at addressing the water and sanitation needs of the population.

The close of the first General Assembly also witnessed the signing of a Memoranda of Understanding between the Liberia Civil Society Organizations WASH Network and Plan Liberia.