Nottingham University promotes human rights in mining communities

Dennis Peprah, GNA

Sunyani, July 9, GNA –
The University of Nottingham, England, is partnering Global Media Foundation
(GLOMEF) a media advocacy organisation to promote human rights in communities
affected by mining activities.

The 12-month project
is titled: “Change from below: building the capacity of local communities
to advocate their rights,” and is estimated at the cost of 6,000 pounds.

According to the
implementing NGO, it was necessitated by a research conducted by Dr Samuel, a
Lecturer at the University in 2012.

The research dubbed:
“Re-examining the education -child labour nexus: the case of child miners at
Kenyasi,” contributes to the debate linkages between education and child

It also draws evidence
from ethnographic fieldwork conducted with 57 children working at artisanal
gold mining sites at Kenyasi and surrounding communities.

Mr Raphael Godlove
Ahenu, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GLOMEF, an anti-corruption
non- governmental organisation, which works to promote human rights made this
known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani.

The goal of the
project is to build the capacity of residents in the beneficiary communities to
enable them participate in public discourse in mining, land dispossession and
social justice for change.

It will further create
deeper and informed awareness of the debilitating social, cultural and
environmental effects of mining activities at the communities within the where
the research was conducted.

The beneficiary
communities are Kenyasi Number one, Kenyasi Number two, Ntotroso, Gyedu and
Manu Shed.

Mr Ahenu said the
project would identify and build the capacity of 120 community based change
agents in the beneficiary communities.

He expressed the need
for the enhancement of the knowledge and skills of the local people to enable
them become active advocates and participate in policy formulation for the
extractive sector.

The project, he said
sought to empower the locals to effectively campaign for action against the
on-going environmental and socio-economic rights violation in the mining
communities and beyond.

It will also provide a
platform for the research findings to be fed into the programmes and policies
of GLOMEF, Mr Ahenu added.


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