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Improving Literacy Rates in Ghana

ADEISO, GHANA – In a dimly lit classroom in Adeiso, a small village in Ghana’s Eastern Region, children wait patiently as they..

December 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Healing Crusades

ACCRA – Another hot and sultry night in Ghana’s capital. In the city centre, people are gathering at Accra’s Independence Square,..

November 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

The right to play in Accra

ACCRA – There are few old people in Ghana. There aren’t many wrinkles to be seen, no grey hair on heads. The streets are teeming..

October 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

The many faces of Tanzania

The temperature was stifling, as most afternoons in Tanzania tend to be. I looked up for some relief and sure enough the ceiling fan was..

September 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Oral culture thrives in Ghana

By Nicole Baute “I’m talking to you and you don’t give me an answer!” In Accra, this is a big mistake. The woman must have been in..

May 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Zen and Goats: Last impressions of the little things in Tamale

I checked my phone – 9:30am. Half an hour had passed since my last meeting in Tamale was due to start. No sign of the big boss...

July 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

Witchcraft forum focuses on gendered solutions

On May 19, the International Institute of Journalism and JHR hosted a community dialogue on the issue of witch craft allegations in..

June 7, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fighting for the front page: The challenges of environmental reporting in Malawi

In Malawi, parliamentary proceedings and political scandals dominate the headlines and radio waves.  Whether it is a mere press conference..

May 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Why we do what we do: rights media in Northern Ghana.

“Always leave your office door open, because you never know who will walk in,” a kernel of wisdom from my father that has always stuck..

April 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Linking farmers to markets one SMS at a time

For smallholder farmers across Malawi, crop production is merely half of the battle. The real challenge comes postharvest, when the race..

March 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

The road to abolishing Malawi's death row

Malawi’s Legal Aid volunteers sift through a pile of files of those on death row. They are doing everything they can to abolish the death..

March 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

The road to abolishing Malawi’s death row

Malawi’s Legal Aid volunteers sift through a pile of files of those on death row. They are doing everything they can to abolish the death..

March 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

Tamale’s rights media crusader: The story of Joseph Ziem

Choosing a pen and paper over a bow and arrow, Joseph Ziem is the Robin Hood of Ghanaian rights media. “When I see something wrong, I..

February 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

North-South Inequality Drives Migration to Slums

My cab ride to Ghana’s biggest slum cost me an extra Cedi. “I don’t normally go that route, those people cause lots of problems,”..

February 12, 2012 with 1 Comment

A Silent Shout: Marital Abuse in Ghana

Flashy, kitsch and heinously dubbed – soap operas are the window of entertaining escape from the day to day in Ghana. In an episode I..

February 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Health & Fuel: A follow up on Malawi’s shortage impact on health services.

The inaccessibility of oil in Malawi causes a considerable slowdown in regard to the overall productivity of the country. While hospitals..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Health & Fuel: A follow up on Malawi’s shortage impact on health services.

The inaccessibility of oil in Malawi causes a considerable slowdown in regard to the overall productivity of the country. While hospitals..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fueling up without queuing up: Thoughts on the future of social media in Malawi

After three years of living with chronic petrol shortages, most Malawians have developed strategies for fueling up without queuing up...

February 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fuel hunting in Malawi

“There is fuel in Monkey Bay!” a text message reads. A game of telephone quickly transpires. “Get there quick! No queues! Will be out..

January 31, 2012 with 1 Comment

Political Experts Debate Need for "African Spring"

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Political Experts Debate Need for “African Spring”

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Toronto Star's Chair of the Board Visits Ghana

Newspapers are intended to deliver information, educate the public and beyond that – bring community together. This is what former..

November 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

Toronto Star’s Chair of the Board Visits Ghana

Newspapers are intended to deliver information, educate the public and beyond that – bring community together. This is what former..

November 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

The Road to Wli

The view was absolutely worth the climb. In early November, a group of 6 of us set out to take on Wli Waterfall- perhaps the most sought..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

Journalism students in Ghana use their skills to make change for refugees

On July 15th, 2011 a group of 10 journalism students from Ghana presented a body of work, including a radio feature, print articles and a..

October 27, 2011 with 0 Comments

Thanksgiving in Ghana

Our Thanksgiving adventure began with a three hour trip to the one place we figured we could get a turkey – Shoprite. This meant hoping..

October 22, 2011 with 1 Comment

JHR-AUCC Chapter Holds Official Executive Handing Over Ceremony

As the start of classes drew closer at the African University College of Communications, members of the Journalists for Human Rights School..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Rotary Launches Road Safety Campaign in Accra

The Rotary Club of Accra-Labone in partnership with the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit and the Driver and Vehicle Licencing bureaux have..

October 20, 2011

Biking as a Tool of Female Empowerment

In Ghana’s northern regions bicycles are used as a necessary means of transportation, but in the capital city of Accra, this is not..

September 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Commuters Crash

The evening was dark and the air crisp as we embarked on our journey to Accra from Ghana’s Western Region. It was not much past 7:00..

September 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

White Wedding.

I was asked to be a part of a wedding purely based on my skin colour. A teacher at the AUCC; the dean of social science, Osei Piesie..

September 19, 2011 with 1 Comment

Ghanaian Journalism Students Reporting field-trip to the Krisan Refugee Camp.

In May 2011, journalists for human rights educational officer Robin Pierro helped organize a reporting field trip with students from the..

August 31, 2011 with 0 Comments

From intention to interpretation

On the roof of our guesthouse in Kokemlemle, we sit and enjoy the African breeze that comes with the setting of the sun beginning around..

August 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

So, we have moved to Africa

Each time one moves they must adapt to a new culture of some sort – changing neighbourhoods, towns, cities, provinces, states –..

August 11, 2011 with 1 Comment

A Dream Deferred

Gaga’s eye fill with tears as he watches the students in the high school courtyard laughing and joking together. His tattered and stained..

July 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

An Unnecessary Death at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

By Laura Bain and Kwabena Darko Blantyne Agnes Otoo cried for an entire month when her 37-year-old son Franklin Otoo passed away. He..

July 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

Open skies and open sewers: the two-sided beauty that is Ghana

So there are three things that have become abundantly clear to me since my fellow compatriots and I touched down in Ghana a little over a..

May 30, 2011 with 1 Comment

Rationing Out Equality

Dakurah Rubby is from Sankana, a small rural community in the Upper West region, where many families(including her own) depend highly on..

August 23, 2010 with 1 Comment