100 Million has officially launched in Ghana! A new national coordination group has formed, and hosted a successful launch event in Accra, Ghana on 16 March with campaign co-founder, Kailash Satyarthi, in attendance.
The national coordination group comprises activists from across the child and youth rights spectrum, and includes the Ghana Teachers' and Education Workers' Union, the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition, the Ghana Agricultural Workers' Union, Global March Against Child Labour Africa, the Education International Africa Regional Office, and the All Africa Students' Union. The campaign has also welcomed tribal chiefs as part of the group, who have committed to support children's rights in their communities.
Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, participated in the event and surprised one inspirational young student during his speech (above, second from left). Before the event, the Minister had been speaking to the school girl, and asked her why she was taking part. She quickly replied that she wanted to join the campaign because she believed that all young people should have justice.
The event also hosted representatives from across all groups, including students and school children from across Accra, and saw some incredible music and dance performances from students at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana as part of the celebrations.
The launch heralds the growth of the campaign in Africa, which now has two official national campaigns and commitments from a further nine countries for 2018.