Through our commitment to pro poor and human centred approaches to development, ProNet North can show that the key to sustainable development is human centred mobilisation that responds to the legitimate aspirations of people.
This logic is embedded throughout our core programme areas:
ProNet North's efforts in inclusive education has helped in the transformation of schools and other centres of learning to cater for all children including boys and girls, students from ethnic and linguistic minorities, rural populations, vulnerable populations and those with various forms of disabilities and learning difficulties by providing learning opportunities for children within the ages of 8 to 14.
This has helped eliminate exclusion that is a consequence of negative attitudes and a lack of response to diversity in economic status, social class, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation and ability.
Education takes place in many contexts, both formal and non-formal, and within families and the wider community. Consequently, inclusive education is not a marginal issue but central to the achievement of high quality education for all learners and the development of more inclusive societies. Inclusive education is essential to achieve social equity and is a constituent element of lifelong learning.
The Department of Education and Inclusion currently runs the following projects and programmes, Tackling Education Needs Inclusively, Complementary Basic Education and ESONG.
Strategic Approaches to Girls Education (STAGE)
Goal: To contribute to improved quality of life of women and small holder farmers through climate resilient approaches, post harvest management, empowerment and value chain development
Climate change affects all four dimensions of food security: food availability, food accessibility, food utilization and food systems stability. It has negative impact on human health, livelihood assets, food production and distribution channels, and changes purchasing power and market flows of poor populations. Its impacts are both short term, resulting from more frequent and more intense extreme weather events, and long term, caused by changing temperatures and precipitation patterns, Climate variation also has a direct impact on energy resources.
Women farmers currently account for 45-80 per cent of all food production in developing countries with diverse regional variations. Women form about two-thirds of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, and more than 90 percent in many African countries, including Ghana.
In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more unpredictable and scarce. Women face loss of income as well as harvests-often their sole sources of food and income. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to women and girls whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. In most localities, women are often excluded from decision-making on access to and the use of land and resources critical to their livelihoods. For these reasons, it is important that the rights of rural women are ensured with regards to food security, non-discriminatory access to resources, and equitable participation in decision-making processes.
The Department of Climate, Women, Energy and Food currently runs the Climate Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems and Greater Rural Opportunities for Women projects.
WOMEN AND YOUTH IN BUSINESS FOR IMPROVED LIVELIHOOD
BEE KEEPING FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS
Empowering Women, Girls, Boys and Men to take Positive Action in Ending SGBV
Goal: To contribute to accessible and productive use of water and promotion of healthy living, especially for mother and children by 2021
Through research and learning over the years, ProNet North continues to wrestle the knowledge gaps that impede effective action on important WASH and health issues, respond to the information needs of both partners and communities, act on emerging WASH issues and proactively take steps to address these challenges.
By developing local initiatives and capacities, the department delivers innovative, relevant and highly-accessible training programs aimed at strengthening the capacities of communities and institutions with the knowledge and experience to solve water and sanitation challenges using indigenous technology and resources.
By identifying or developing, synthesizing and distributing relevant and up-to-date information on WASH, the unit supports effective policy making and decision making especially at the local government level that protects health and improves human development, as well as predicting and helping to prevent emerging risks.Through networking and effective partnerships, we bring together individuals, communities and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors, to work together to solve the most critical issues in water and health.
Department of Water and Health currently carries out the projects named Supporting Localized Governance and Rehabilitation for Sustainable Water Services and Give me Tap.