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Grantees Funded under BUSAC Fund Phase I
Name of Applicant : ASTA-FM
Title of Action : Child Labour
Sector : Media
Geographical Area : Brong-Ahafo
Action ID : # 0-37
Action Score : 65%
Total cost of Action : ¢404,955,000
BUSAC's % of Total cost : 90%
Self Financed : 10%
Action Duration : 18 months
Support from Outreach Facility : ¢-
Summary of the proposed Action : The young is the future so says the old adage. It is the wish of any parent or government to groom the young citizens to acquire sound policy that can make them well equipped for any endearvour. But as at now, most of these young ones still live in total dejection, giving cause for them to be destitutes. This situation has forced some children to engage in child labour, unmindful of its future repercussions.

Techiman, one of the biggest commercial towns, operating the second largest international market in West Africa, has the greatest population of children engaged in child labour. Children of school going age who should have been in school or under apprenticeship training, offer their services to travelers and traders in and around the Techiman market. Some of these children serve as head porters whereas others are recruited by traders to sell their wares including iced water.

The end result is that, having sacrificed their education or apprenticeship training for small amounts of money in their youth most of them grow in variably to be truck pushers, wee smokers, thieves, pick pockets and armed robbers in the market and on the roads on market days since to them their former job has become less lucrative because other young ones have taken over. People from far and near to the market sometimes loose their monies to these thieves, pick pockets and armed robbers. This has greatly affected the market, business, and the economic well being of the people since their livelihood depend greatly on the market.

ASTA FM, a Radio Station in Techiman with wide coverage of transmission and listeners, deems it very necessary to seek grant of US $100,000.00 from the BUSAC Fund to implement series of programmes designed to help eliminate child labour and its attendant problem in Techiman.

We believe that after mobilizing these children and contacting their parents; organizing series of fora (some dubbed Children’s Forum and Fa Meko Sukuu ake me to School), workshops, media campaigns, meetings, and also lobbying the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MWCA), Ministry of Social Welfare (MSW), the members of Parliament (MPs), of the two constituencies, the Techiman Municipal Assembly (TMA), and the Techiman Municipal Education Directorate (TMED), support shall be given to many if not all of these children whose parents genuinely cannot afford to educate or train them.

By involving the children, their parents and other governing authorities in these programmes and activities which shall be broadcasted live on Air, we believe that it will reach all target groups and beyond, hence child labour and its attendant problems shall be reduced if not completely eliminated from Techiman Municipality.

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