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CHARITY IS LOVE FOUNDATION VISITS NSAWAM FEMALE PRISON

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CHARITY IS LOVE FOUNDATION VISITS NSAWAM FEMALE PRISON

CHARITY IS LOVE FOUNDATION VISITS NSAWAM FEMALE PRISON

Members of charity is love foundation led by the founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ms Matilda Baffour Awuah, paid a working visit to the Nsawam Female Medium Security on Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 to hold discussions with management of the prison on challenges facing prisoners at the facility and how be the foundation can be of assistance.

Welcoming the officials, The Chief Superintendent Of Prisons ( CSP), Mrs. Janet Asabea said the visitation would go a long way to help the inmates in acquiring skills and being productively engaged. The female prison was established on the 10th of December, 1973 and it is the biggest female prison that provides safe custody for both low and high risk female prisoners to seek their welfare and reformation.

Mrs. Janet Asabea revealed that incarcerated mothers suffers more social isolation and have more fractured relationships with their children and family. The longer the mother remains incarcerated, the more the mother-child relationship is at risk and total loss of identity as a mother since been stripped off their maternal responsibilities. These factors according to her put a lot of stress on the women under her care. She noted that, she is always ready to receive all form of assistance from both public and private organizations to help reduce the burden on the women, many of who are going through emotional trauma due to separation from families and children.

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CHARITY IS LOVE FOUNDATION VISITS NSAWAM FEMALE PRISON

During interaction with some inmates, it came to the fore that most of them had young children before their imprisonment, but they were currently living with relatives who could hardly
make ends meet to provide all round care for their children. The engagement brought to the fore the thorny problems faced by mothers in prison; children of women in prison are mostly traumatized by the arrest of their mother and the sudden forced separation imprisonment brings. Most women interviewed reported never receiving visits from their children and others restricting their children from visiting due to anxiety and depression effects during such visitations.

One prisoner confessed she was arrested together with her husband three years ago with their case pending before court. However, even though she has been granted Bail, the conditions attached to her Bail, were very high and she was not able to satisfy them, leading to her continuous confinement.

Interacting with the inmates, officials of the Foundation explained that, the main objective of the Foundation is to ensure that interested prisoners are trained to acquire skills or vocation with which they can make a living after their release from prison and hinted that the hard working ones who demonstrate interest in learning a trade and capacity to enter into their own economic ventures will be supported financially to resettle when they finish their prison sentences.

The Chief Executive Officer of Charity Is Love Foundation, Ms. Baffour-Awuah attributed the visitation to the core mandate of the Foundation thus to help all categories of prisoners to reform, rehabilitation and return to the society as law abiding and responsible citizens.

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Ms Baffour-Awuah said, the foundation recognizes the vital role women play in keeping the family unit running as an important unit of the society. The foundation accordingly intends to devote considerable attention to helping women prisoners access Opportunities that will help support them and their families, especially their young children whose future may be in jeopardy due to crimes of their parents.

Furthermore, the foundation is committed to support women prisoners with vocational and skills training, education, counseling and mentoring programs. Ms Baffour-Awuah was happy to have a team which boast of people with varied background and enormous experience in corrections and policing, clergy as well as education and social workers, which is an advantage for an NGO with the goal of reforming, rehabilitating and resetting offenders into law abiding and responsible persons.

Present were the former Commissioner of Police (Rtd) Rev. Dr. David Ampah Benin, Mr. Mark Agbosu, Deputy Director of Prisons ( Rtd), Mr. Myles Ongoh, Deputy Director of LEAP, Mrs. Gifty Tokpor ( Head of Osu Girls Correctional Center), Rev. Mrs. Grace Gyabaa, Mr. David Essandoh ( External Relations ) and Ms Diana Owusu-Ansah ( External Relations)

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SOURCE: David Essandoh

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Government spent GH¢40.4 billion on education between 2017 and 2020 – President Akufo-Addo

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“EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION INCREASED BY 95% IN MY TIME” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“So great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”

These were the words of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, when he delivered a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

Addressing the gathering at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that GNAT is what it is today because of the work of its past and current membership and leadership, and he assured that, under his administration, the work undertaken by the membership and leadership of the Association will not be in vain.

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The President, thus, used the opportunity to thank all teachers in the country for the work they did, and continue to do, in ensuring that the education of Ghanaian children, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been truncated.

“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said

According to President Akufo-Addo, his vision of a modern, competitive, Ghanaian economy, spearheaded by indigenous entrepreneurs, with productive employment for the great majority of its citizens, requires skilled economic actors, and to get there, the nation needs an educated workforce.

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“Through the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, we are ensuring that value is being added to the intellect of every Ghanaian child. This is our surest way of succeeding in adding value to the Ghanaian economy, thereby helping to create acceptable, well-paying jobs for the young people of our country,” he said.

The President continued, “For us, in Ghana, also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a group of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy and nation”.

Outlining the many initiatives implemented by Government since 2017, he stated that his government has restored, since coming into office five years ago, and continues to pay, teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

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“In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries over the last five (5) years, my government is, for the first time in our nation’s history, paying a professional allowance to teachers. We have abolished the three (3) months’ pay policy for teachers, we have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected,” he said.

He stressed that to prevent undue delays in promotion of qualified teachers, Government will, in 2022, improve on the conduct of the aptitude test instituted by the Ghana Education Service, leveraging on lessons learnt from the one conducted in 2021.

Affordable Housing for Teachers

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“Government is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental. I am fully aware that one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase homes where they intend to retire,” he said.

Through a subsidised loan programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country, stating that the Ministry of Education is working with the National Service Scheme on this.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for teachers.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country. This, as we all know, is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good beginning,” he added.

Touching on the vexed issue of laptops for teachers, President Akufo-Addo was glad the supply of laptops was appreciated by teachers, and promised that the other related matters of concern will be addressed.

“Good relations between GNAT and my government are matters of importance to me, and I will do my best to promote such relations,” he added.

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Source: The Presidency

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