GNECC Advocates and promote the right of every child and young person in Ghana to access and participate in Quality and Inclusive lifelong education n and learning for all children and young persons regardless of their ethnic, religious belief, physical state, and socio-economic background.
ADVOCATE FOR IMPROVED WATER, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE (WASH) IN SCHOOLS.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed insufficient water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools. Education Statistics reveal that about 67 percent of public basic schools do not have access to water and toilet facilities. The situation poses a clear risk to children as it makes schools with poor hygiene a potential hub for spreading the virus. GNECC believes that the availability of adequate water sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools is necessary for reducing the risk of the spread of infectious diseases in schools.
The Greater Accra Regional chapter of the Ghana Education National Campaign Coalition
(GNECC) as part of its operations undertook some key activities including the formation of District Education for All Teams (DEFAT) and Capacity building on advocacy at Niiboiman in the Okai Kwei North Municipal Area.
The activity which took place on 2nd June 2022 brought together 16 educational stakeholders including leaders of CSOs, Local Government representatives, and community opinion leaders among others.
The above activities were sanctioned by the National Secretariat of GNECC in line with its project activities for the year.
Key Activities Conducted:
The activities undertaken include but are not limited to the formation of DEFAT and capacity building on advocacy. The advocacy training highlighted the localization of education-related SDG targets and tracking of educational resources in districts in the Greater Accra Region.
The program ended successfully with a recommendation for effective sensitization at the local level to bridge the educational gaps identified including high numbers of school dropouts within the region to promote inclusion.
The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), recognizing the challenges and threats to implementing the Inclusive Education Policy,
partnered with other civil society organizations to gather information to assist the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service in addressing the situation.
Halt Menstrual Products Tax!
To mark the celebration of Menstrual Hygiene Day2022, Renel Ghana Foundation in collaboration with Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) Scale Up Future, GreaterAccra Regional Youth Network and Girls Not Brides distributed pads to Gorm D/A School at Ada-East District on 30th May 2022. As part of the program, a community nurse from Ada health center and the SHEP coordinator from Ada East GES educated the students, both males, and females on what menstruation is, what to do when menstruating, personal hygiene tips during menstruation, and further demonstrated to them the different types of sanitary towels and how to put them on. They went ahead to encourage the males to support and encourage the girls when they are on their periods and not stigmatize them.
Mr. Nelson Richardson-Mandela spoke on behalf of all partners and called on Government i.e the Ministry of Finance and the Parliament of Ghana to end the longstanding fiscal violence perpetrated by taxes on menstruation against adolescent girls and women in Ghana. The Government of Ghana presently charges a luxury tax of 20% and an additional 12.5% VAT on menstrual pads. The fact that this tax is directly targeted at females for a natural occurrence in their reproductive process they have no choice or control over makes the tax highly unjust and immoral. The choice of whether to keep clean and safe or not is one that a state should never have to present to its people, particularly to the vulnerable sections of society.