In 2002, we partnered with the Ghana AIDS Commission to propose creative ways of communicating information about HIV/AIDS to children in the 4 – 15 age group.
Prior to this date, little attention had been paid in Ghana to careful, age-appropriate HIV/AIDS messaging for children, despite the devastating effect of the pandemic on young lives.
Our mission in the Mmofra Against AIDS project was to help break the cycle of infection by instilling the importance of healthy behaviors at an early age through art, drama and writing.
- To raise awareness among children aged 4-15 of the nature and effects of HIV/AIDS
- To help children internalize critical messages to establish healthy behavior patterns for life
- To support children and families affected by HIV/AIDS
Phase I: 2003
We held workshops on HIV/AIDS education through the arts with teachers from the Accra Metro District and the Dangbe District, as well as supervising officials of the Ghana Education service.
We organized in-school creative sessions led by resource persons from the University of Ghana with about 900 students to produce paintings, poetry, stories and improvised plays.
We produced a series of information graphics for reproduction as posters, exercise book covers and book marks.
We hosted Open Days to provide children with a forum to communicate with parents, teachers and administrators from the Ghana Education Service and the AIDS Commission through their performances and artwork.
The pilot phase of our education model reached almost 900 children and 30 teachers and resource persons.
Posters from the Mmofra Against AIDS campaign.
Phase II: 2004
Following the success of our pilot, we were commissioned by UNESCO’s International Institute for Capacity building in Africa (IICBA) to produce a 15 minute film titled Saved by Grace, based on the creative materials produced by children in phase 1.
Stills from the Mmofra Against AIDS film Saved by Grace
Mmofra Against AIDS Partners
Ghana AIDS Commission
UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA)
Naana Ama Akyiaa Agyemang
Great Idikoko Ventures, Ghana
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra
Specialist Hospital, Dansoman
People of Tettehgu Village
Evergreen Academy, Tettehgu
Happy House Graphics