As part of interventions being implemented under the Cultural-Sensitive and Inclusive Urban Strategies cluster under the Twin-cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP), 12 quarterly campaigns on youth-oriented and gender-sensitive topics have been earmarked for implementation throughout the project life-cycle. The ultimate aim of the awareness campaigns is to achieve long-term behavioural change and breaking of unhealthy habits amongst vulnerable populations and the general public.
For the 3rd quarter (2022), awareness campaign activities, a task team conducted community-level campaigns from 1st-17th September, 2022 to educate the youth and the general public on youth-oriented and gender-sensitive topics such as teenage pregnancy, School dropout, Drug abuse, Early marriage, Child prostitution, Child abuse, Parental Irresponsibility and neglect and truancy to provide adequate social safety nets for the vulnerable populations within the metropolis.
There were free HIV tests done by the Life Relief Foundation at the campaign grounds. The team will be having a school-level campaign as well as part of the activities for the third quarter. The task team comprises; Civil Society Organizations (Life Relief Foundation, Hurds Foundation, African Women International), Metro Directorate of Education, National Youth Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, NCCE, and the Chairman for Social Services Sub-committee).
The 1st quarter (2022) awareness campaign, which was held at the Sekondi Youth Centre, focused on stakeholders (Traditional leaders, Civil Society Organizations and Assembly members) to share information and solicit input on youth-oriented and gender-sensitive issues such as; adolescent reproductive health, gender-based violence, inclusive education, substance abuse and irregular migration.
The 2nd quarter (2022) involved a media engagement on June 30, 2022 to share information, solicit input and build a strong media coalition to support awareness creation on youth-oriented and gender-sensitive issues to address the challenges of urban sprawl and provide adequate social safety nets for the youth and vulnerable in the society. The meeting had representatives from fourteen (14) media houses (Twin-City Radio, ROK Fm, Connect Fm, Kyzz Fm, Spice Fm, Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times, Daily Guide, UTv, Joy News, Skyy Fm, Empire Fm, City News, and Ghana News Agency).