ActionAid Ghana trains Upper West journalists on decent work practices and social protection schemes

ActionAid Ghana trains Upper West journalists on decent work practices and social protection schemes

ActionAid Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has organized a two-day training workshop for journalists in the Upper West Region to improve their knowledge of decent work practices and existing social protection schemes in Ghana.
The training was to build the capacity of journalists to influence government policies on decent work at the local assembly and national levels to help develop a clear roadmap for the enforcement of decent work principles in the agriculture sector.
Addressing journalists at the training on Saturday, the Project Manager of the ActionAid Ghana, Mr. Abukari Ayuba said the training was to raise awareness and advocacy for the expansion of social protection schemes to cover more rural and deprived communities.
“At the end of the training we want journalists to understand and appreciate the concept of decent work principles and to be able to produce articles on decent work and expansion of social protection schemes”, he said.
The Project Manager of the Northern Ghana Integrated Development Project (NGIDP), Dr Eliasu Mumum took journalists through decent work principles and the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Strategies for media advocacy, social protection deficits within the agriculture value chain, among other areas of concern.
He said the main goal of decent work principles was to promote opportunities for people to obtain decent and productive working conditions of security, human dignity and freedom.
He admonished journalists to work hard towards the maintenance of peace and always be the voice of the voiceless in the communities.
The Communication and Public Relations Officer of ActionAid Ghana, Ms. Esther Ohenewaa Brown also took journalists through the role of the media in the advocacy for decent work and expansion of social protection schemes to vulnerable people.
She encouraged journalists to always be guided by the ethics of the profession.
The Upper West Regional president of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Mr. Sualah Abdul Wahab commended ActionAid Ghana and its partners for the opportunity to train journalists in the region and said the knowledge acquired would help the journalist to feed the public with authentic information
He appealed to other organizations to partner with the GJA in the training of media persons to help improve the professional standard.
The training was held under the Northern Ghana Integrated Development project with funding from the European Union (EU) in Ghana. 

FROM RAFIA ABDUL RAZAK WA

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