‘SCHOOLS, SEX &; SAFETY’ is a nationwide survey of teenagers in Ghana regarding their
sexual security from harassment, abuse, proposals and rape. It is the first of its kind in Ghana.
It’s aim is to paint a nationwide picture of sexual safety in schools, and to call for a
standardized structures to investigate abuses, prevent repeat sexual offenses by teachers, and
create a safer environment in Ghana’s schools for students.
The survey is launched today on International Youth Day, whose 2019 theme is
Transforming Education. This nationwide survey recognizes a transformed education is one
where schools are free of sexual abuse by teachers of students.
The nationwide survey follows a series of actions and information.
In 2017, the Coalition Against Sexual Abuse embarked on a year-long campaign called
‘STOP SEX ABUSE IN SCHOOLS!’.
DFID RESEARCH FINDINGS
In 2019, the Department For International Development (DFID) published findings from
research that highlighted there is an economic cost to sexual abuse, violence and harassment.
Such actions take a toll on the economy, beyond the cultural issues and approach Ghana takes
to such issues.
MEDIA COVERAGE RESEARCH
In 2019, EAA Media Productions did research looking at Ghana’s media reporting on sexual
abuse, harassment and rape in schools from 2000 – 2019. It also looked at two decades of
research from academic institutions, NGOs, and civil society organizations.
That collective work led to the launch of this nationwide survey. It will be led by EAA Media
Productions in partnership with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the
Coalition Against Sexual Abuse (CASA), The Safe Space Foundation, Mobile Web and
Visuals for Gender, and Dr. Mary Apea Ashun, Head of Ghana International School.
The survey will be conducted over the next 12 months, with results delivered in August 2020.