Regional Activity/Ashanti Region: Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Education at Deduako M/A JHS

On 16th August, 2023, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Youth group led by the National Youth Coordinator for Growth, Lewis Ampem-Darko, paid a visit to the J.H.S section of the Deduako M/A school to deliver in-depth insight on the pressing issues of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), highlighting mainly on its devastating effects and effective ways to deal with it in the event of an abuse.

During the visit, meaningful and insightful discussions were held to enlighten the students on the dangers of SGBV. The students were provided with a safe space to voice their concerns and ask questions. It was truly heartwarming to witness their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.

Members of Amnesty Youth group in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology after the event

Emphasis was placed on the importance of recognizing and understanding the various forms of SGBV, from physical assault to emotional manipulation, and everything in between. Equally essential was educating them about consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships, laying a strong foundation for their future wellbeing.

Furthermore, ample time was dedicated to inform them about the different avenues and channels available to report SGBV cases. Both formal and informal methods such as involving trusted adults, contacting helplines, or utilizing online platforms designed to assist survivors were discussed. Empowering the students with the knowledge and tools to seek help and justice whenever necessary was very crucial.

Group actions after the education

Massive gratitude was extended to the school administration for their warm welcome and the team members for their dedication and hard work. Together, a significant step was taken towards creating a safer and more aware environment for these young individuals.