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In response to a story on GBC 24, the Ministry of Gender, Children and social protection deployed the police to relocate over thirty children to a foster home at Madina near Accra.

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The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, through its Social Welfare Department, has held a High Level Meeting with relevant stakeholders across Ghana to interact on matters of Streetism in Ghana.
The main objective of the meeting was to discuss issues of streetism and the need to provide alternative livelihoods for persons living on the streets once taken off.

The programme forms part of the Ministry's efforts to ensure an effective implementation of its project 'Operation Get Off the Street Now!!! For a Better Life' by seeking expertise, ideas, suggestions, recommendations and support from stakeholders to develop key and robust strategies on streetism in Ghana.
Operation Get off the Street Now!!! For a Better Life aims at providing a better alternative to persons living on streets and integrate them back into families and communities.

Calling on all stakeholders - Developmemt Partners, NGOs, CSOs, Religious Bodies, Traditional Leaders, Philanthropists, etc. - to support the Ministry to succeed in this endeavour, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba also urged them to help empower children and all vulnerable people so that they become people with self-esteem, full of confidence to fight for their rights and achieve their dreams.
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Over the week was witnessed the historic inauguration of the 'Technical Advisory Committee' (TAC) for the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) at the conference room of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP).
The setting up of an Advisory Committee for the department of social welfare follows the proposal from social welfare experts forums held in October, 2014 and November 2016 respectively.

The Technical Advisory Committee is to perform the following duties:

1. Review DSW Work plans against International, Regional and National Development Plans where applicable;
2. Hold Bi and Annual performance review meeting with DSW;
3. Periodically review and make recommendations to DSW interventions in line with National Development Objectives as and when required;
4. Enhance DSW public image through advocacy;
5. Support in resource mobilisation and,
6. Perform any other activity that may contribute to improve DSW ability to deliver on its mandate.

Speaking at the inauguration, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba said the formation and supporting work of the TAC, together with other initiatives of Government will lead to the creation of a platforms on matters of social welfare including Care Reforms for practitioners, academia, researchers and many others to share good practices, advance knowledge and advocate for workforce and policy improvements that will bring better outcomes for children in need of support and protection.

The TAC and other related activities is supported by the Government of Ghana, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Health Population and Nutrition Office (HPN) of the Care Reform Rollout and Professionalisation of Social Work in Ghana Programme and accompanying issues.
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The Social Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has held its 17th Session of the Sector Working Group on Social Protection on the theme 'Sustainable Developments for Social Protection Interventions in Ghana'.
The 17th Session of the sector working group mainly discussed the Social protection Flagship Programmes' prime as well as key achievements and challenges for 2017 and the workplan of the directorate for 2018. This will enable stakeholders to appreciate and gain knowledge on the achievements of MoGCSP and other flagship programmes with regards to social protection.

The Social Protection Sector Working Group is jointly chaired by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, and the World Bank. The meeting brings together Government officials, Academia, CSOs and Development Partners as well as other key stakeholders to share, discuss and identify key issues to be addressed in social protection and poverty reduction in Ghana.
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This morning, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba attended the 2nd Anniversary of the 'Soup Kitchen', an initiative of Father Campbell of Christ the King Parish in collaboration with Quality Life Assurance Company Limited.
The anniversary marks two years of a noble initiative dedicated charity service to the people living on the streets by providing them with food and financial support.

Hon. Otiko Djaba commended Father Campbell for such wonderful service to the deprived and vulnerable in our society. However, the Minister promise to help people living on the streets live a dignified life and have their rights protected with her ministry's project 'Operation Get Off the Streets Now!!! For a Better Life.

Hon. Otiko, further, advised young boys and girls to dream big and achieve big and take full advantage of the free SHS to educate, develop themselves for a great future. Also, technical and vocational training will be freely offered to volunteers in order to get employable skills to better compete in this modern world.
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