Children's Rights in Ghana

Children's Rights in Ghana : Reality or Rhetoric?

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This book examines Ghana's implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ghana's commitment to the Convention which she was the first country to ratify is explored in a series of studies and analyses on child rights promulgations and programs. The book further discusses the challenges the country faces in her efforts of protecting children's rights while providing an insight into future directions for continued support of children's rights.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148001
  • 9780739148006

Table of contents

Foreword Part I. Childhood and Identity Chapter 1. Introduction: Confronting the Challenges: Optimizing Child Rights in Ghana Chapter 2. Defining Childhood: A Historical Development Perspective Chapter 3. Controversies in Paternity: Who Is a Child's Father under Ghanaian Law? Chapter 4. Bridging the Child Rights Gap in a Refugee Context: Survival Strategies and Impact on Inter-generational Relations Part II. Chidren in Dangerous Circumstances: Exploitation and Abuse Chapter 5. Corporal Punishment in Ghana Chapter 6. Child Labor in Ghana: Global Concern and Local Reality Chapter 7. Children's Rights, Mobility, and Transport in Ghana: Access to Education and Health Services Part III. Policies, Laws, and Programs Chapter 8. Children's Rights, Controversial Traditional Practices, and the Trokosi System: A Critical Socio-legal Perspective Chapter 9. Assessing the Progress of the 1998 Children's Act of Ghana:Achievements, Opportunities, and Challenges of the FirstTen Years Chapter 10. Situating CRC Implementation Processes in the Local Contextsof Correctional Institutions for Children in Conflict with the Law in Ghana Chapter 11. Ghana's Education System: Where Rhetoric Meets Reform Chapter 12. Conclusion: The Future of Children's Rights in Ghana
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Children's Rights in Ghana is a very valuable and compelling addition to the growing evidence of gaps between the promise of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its reality in practice. With its cogent organization, clear writing, and comprehensive coverage, the chapters provide a useful yardstick against which progress readily can be assessed. -- Katherine Covell, Executive Director of Cape Breton University Children's Rights Centre Children's Rights in Ghana leads the reader into a new world of understanding of the condition of children in Ghana and especially, the evolution of their identity and rights since colonial times. The various contributors bring together historical, socio-cultural and legal and economic explanations and reflections on the position of children in Ghanaian society. -- Ellen Aryeetey, Director of the Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana This is a key text and probably the first of its kind that focuses on Africa. While Ghana was one of the first signatories to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, relatively little work in and on Ghana has looked at children's issues over the past 20 years. This book completely remedies this lack and its contents-from an excellent mix of longer-standing experts in the field and younger scholars bringing new perspectives and energy-analyse both the theoretical problems of childhood (definitions, identities and accepted local practices) and the contemporary policy/implementation issues, as well as the thorny universalization of human rights questions. All are covered with a clarity and comprehensiveness rare in such collections. The editors and contributors are to be congratulated. -- Lynne Brydon, Director of the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham
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About Nana Araba Apt

Robert Kwame Ame is assistant professor of human rights and criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University. DeBrenna LaFa Agbenyiga is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and assistant dean for equity, diverity, and inclusive academic affairs in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Nana Araba Apt is professor of sociology and dean of academic affairs at Ashesi University College in Accra, Ghana.
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