Promoting Children’s Rights
The protection and promotion of children’s rights is at the heart of Challenging Heights’ mission. We believe freedom from violence is a fundamental right. We work with schools and teachers to develop anti-corporal punishment policies at schools. Our research shows corporal punishment can lead to school drop-outs. We know when children aren’t in school they are at an increased risk of being trafficked. By providing schools with alternative discipline options, we’re able to protect children’s rights. A child’s right to a safe and secure home is also key to addressing child trafficking. This is why we advocate for government social protection programmes and their expansion. Our research shows Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, a cash transfer programme to vulnerable families, keeps families together and reduces trafficking. Expanding and increasing these kinds of social protection programmes protects children’s rights.