Stop forced, early marriages — National Chief Imam

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, has reiterated the call to end harmful practices such as forced and early marriages which prevent girls from realising their potential.

According to him, such practices were not only immoral but also harmful to the development of young people, particularly girls. 

Ending child marriage: Role of the Girls Advocacy Alliance project

A 17-year-old girl’s visit to her mother turned into a harrowing experience after she was kidnapped and almost forced into marriage.

The form one student (name withheld) of the Dangi Junior High School (JHS) in the Sisala East Municipality decided to visit her mother in Nabugubelle where she lived with her new husband.

During her time there she unknowingly became the love interest of a young man who often came to visit her mother.

Youth advised to use smart technologies for personal development

The youth have been advised to embrace smart technologies and use them for their personal development rather than using them to denigrate people of high authority.

Mr Hudu Muah, the Sissala West District Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA) who gave the advice during the International Youth Celebration in Gwollu, lamented how the youth use these technologies to unjustifiably insult and denigrate people’s hard won reputation through social media.

Thirty Chiefs to conclude work on child protection by-laws soon

Wechiau, (U/W), April 24, GNA - Thirty (30) Chiefs in three Districts of the Upper West Region will soon conclude work on the promulgation of community child protection by-laws.

The promulgation of the by-laws became necessary in the three districts; Sissala East Municipality, Sissala West and Wa West Districts following high incidence of child marriage and teenage pregnancies among others.

All 30 Chiefs who are currently reviewing, sensitizing and validating their community by-laws at their various community levels, are expected to present the reviewed document in a week's time to their Assemblies for the necessary action.

NGO urges citizens to obey government's directives on COVID-19

Dorimon, (U/W), April 23, GNA - Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has urged citizens to obey the directives by government to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NGO stated that government had so far played it's role in the fight, and that, what was left to contain the disease was citizens' willingness to observe the directives given.

Mr Moses Dramani Luri, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SILDEP said this while sensitizing executive members of it's Community Child Protection Committees (CCPCs) and Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) across 10 communities in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region on the pandemic.

Educating the girl child is equally beneficial - Parents told

Wechiau, (U/W), May 8, GNA - Ms Belinda Vuur, President of the Lassia-Tuolu Junior High School (JHS) Girls Club has pointed out to parents that investing in the education of the female child was equally beneficial to them as educating the male child.

She lamented how most parents support the education of the male child but neglect the female child due to some outmoded cultural beliefs that the female child belonged to another family.

Ms Belinda who spoke during the Community Child Protection Teams (CCPTs) learning event at Wechiau in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region, urged parents to give equal attention to the education of the female child too, stressing on the saying that "If you educate a girl, you educate a whole nation".

Child Protection Committees rescue girls from child marriage

Baleufili, (U/W), May 2, GNA - The Community Child Protection Committees (CCPCs) have rescued 25 teenage girls from child marriage in the Sissala East Municipality, Sissala West and Wa West Districts of the Upper West Region.

Members of the committees revealed this during a monitoring visit by the Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) to their various communities.

The CCPCs formed five years ago under the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) project being implemented across 30 communities in the selected districts of the region, is to protect the rights and welfare of children and other vulnerable persons and groups.

Re-Focus Educational Curriculum –SILDEP CEO-GBC

The Chief Executive Officer of Social Initiative for Literacy and Development, SILDEP Moses Dramani Luri says Ghana’s educational curriculum is not responsive to the current needs of children especially girls.

He said too much emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy at the expense of skills development and training.

Mr. Dramani Luri was speaking at the opening of week-long girls’ camp for one hundred junior high school girls at Wa in the Upper West Region.

Cultural breakdown is the cause of our woes

Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has expressed unhappiness with the breakdown of cultural values in some African societies.

The NGO said the lack of respect for the elderly in society, the blatant disregard for community rules and regulations, lack of interest in learning the local languages and increase in negative social vices on the part of the youth were not only affecting the moral fiber of society but were also hindering efforts at realizing development goals.

NHIS should cover family planning, safe abortion services – SILDEP

 Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) has blamed the increasing number of unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions on lack of access to family planning and safe abortion services in the country.

The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has therefore appealed to government to legalize safe abortion and broaden the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cover family planning services to make such services available and easily accessible to all across the country.

Upper West records 3,474 teenage pregnancies in 2016

A research conducted by Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) has revealed that a total of 3,473 teenage pregnancies were recorded in the Upper West Region in 2016.
Out of this, 61 of them were defilement cases, a predominant practice in the Wa West, Sissala East and Sissala West Districts which recorded a total of 1,074 cases.

Study reveals child prostitution in Tumu town

Child prostitution is beginning to show its ugly head in Tumu in the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region as some basic school girls have formed peer groups and engaged in prostitution.

SILDEP initiates project to help address child marriages in Upper West

Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), a non-governmental organisation, is implementing a five-year project dubbed “Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA)”.

This is to help address issues of child marriages in the Upper West Region.

SILDEP joins fight against child marriage-News Ghana

The Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP), has observed that a significant progress in the fight against child marriage could contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by half.

SILDEP launches Sissali Bible in Tumu-Ghanaweb

A translated Sissali Bible has been launched in Tumu in the Sissala East District with a call on the people to use it as a spiritual material and for their intellectual transformation and spiritual growth.

Out of the more than 6000 languages in the world, only 500 have Bibles translated into their dialects. This means that the Sissali Bible has put Sissali into the membership of a very exclusive group of languages worldwide.

SILDEP, SNV assesses feeding programme in Sissala East

The Sissala Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) in collaboration with SNV have carried out an assessment on the implementation of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region.


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