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What we do

Our aim is to influence the future of the Ghanaian and German youth in a positive way. Knowledge is a valuable resource, which leads to further self-determination and equality. In both countries we work to spread our knowledge and to broaden people’s horizons. 

OUR Philosophy

RESPECT

Our projects are conducted and planned in partnership with Germans and Ghanaians, throughout all the project stages. Neither side is dependent on the other, which could potentially hinder the sustainability of the project. We don’t just teach sexual education, we strengthen civil society and strive to help people live together in peace and equality.

PARTICIPATION

Everyone has the chance to participate in Boa Nnipa in his or her own way. This can be as a teacher, a volunteer, an organizer of a fundraiser, or just through a donation.

THE YOUTH

At Boa Nnipa, we know that the youth of today are our future. We put an emphasis on our work with young people to try to offer them the best possible future. With their help we can achieve our goal – to better their future and the future of Ghana in a sustainable way.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our projects are conducted and planned in partnership with Germans and Ghanaians, throughout all the project stages. Neither side is dependent on the other, which could potentially hinder the sustainability of the project. We don’t just teach sexual education, we strengthen civil society and strive to help people live together in peace and equality.

TRANSPARENCY

Transparency is close to our heart. We complete regular reports, evaluations of the projects, and make our finances public. We also make the working process and implementation of our project open for all to see. Our meetings are open to everyone and we always welcome the public to get an insight into our work.

OUR NAME

Boa Nnipa means, “help the people”, in Twi, one of the most common languages in Ghana. We like to look at the name in connection with our slogan “boa me na me mmoa wo”, which means, “help me and let me help you”, emphasizing our philosophy of dialogue and equality.

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Boa Nnipa
in Ghana

 

In Ghana, all our projects focus on guaranteeing the human right to sexual self-determination and a culturally sensitive approach to the topic is of high importance to us. Furthermore, we want to empower the local people to help themselves. Therefore, all our projects - the sexual education teaching in schools, communities, and for sex workers as well as the interactive theatre plays in rural areas - are directed and conducted by our local staff. 

 
  • Sexual Education in Schools

    Sexual education lessons last approximately 90 minutes and are tailored to the age of the students. Topics covered include anatomy of the sexual organs, puberty, sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptives, family planning and sexual rights.

    We promote an open learning atmosphere, to allow our students, aged 9 to 18 years, to ask any questions they may have and feel that it is ok to talk about sex.

    Ghanaians who want to become involved with Boa Nnipa take part in a five-day seminar, which prepares them for their work. In their first weeks as a teacher we accompany them, work with them on lesson concepts and do regular evaluations, in order to ensure full competency. During school visits teachers are always in teams of two, which consist of a woman and a man.

    Outside of the sexual education classes, we offer a phone hotline and an email service for students who have further question or need advice. Together with ARK FOUNDATION, we offer help for victims of sexual violence, in the form of professional support and trauma therapy.

  • Interactive Theatre

    The Interactive Theatre is an interactive sexual education project, which was developed in cooperation with the Ghanaian organization ACT FOR CHANGE. This project is not only aimed at students but especially also members of community in remote areas as well as illiterates.

    Participants write their own script for a short theatre play about topics such as sexual violence or unplanned pregnancy. After the play, the actors/actresses and the audience discuss the issues presented and possible solutions. Through this method we create a dialog about sex and sexuality in the community to break through the taboos.

  • 16 Stories About Sexual Rights


    The photo exhibition “Similarities and Differences – 16 Stories About Sexual Rights”, tells the stories of 16 Germans and Ghanaians. In 8 categories, people from Germany and Ghana, talk about their commonalities, but also their individual stories, in the context of sexual and reproductive rights.

    Through the interviews conducted with the participants, the visitors of the exhibition learn about differences and similarities of German and Ghanaian teenage mothers, midwives, sexual activists, etc. The project underlines our goal of an intercultural dialogue and the importance of sexual rights and education in both societies. In Ghana, the exhibition is features in the Goethe Institute and is also featured at several schools and during and after our Interactive Theater sessions.

  • Sexual Education for Sex Workers

    Our newest projects relates to the sexual education of sex workers on the streets of Accra.

    Our goal is to inform about sexual protection and sexual health measures for sex workers and their customers. Through this we hope to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and transmission of STDs.

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Boa Nnipa in Germany

 

In Germany we organize exhibitions, cultural events and discussion panels to explain the situation in Ghana and Africa. Through these events we are also able to fundraise for our work in Ghana.  

 
  • FUNdraising

    At this point in time, an essential part of our work in Germany is raising money to help fund our projects in Ghana. To do so we organize different types of events such at charity dinners and parties, as well as selling goods at local flea markets.

    Our goal is to make sure that everyone involved in our FUNdraising events is enjoying themselves. We want to offer interesting and fun events for all our supporters to convey the message that doing a good deed is easy and enjoyable at the same time.

  • Art Exhibitions

    The photo exhibition “Similarities and Differences – 16 Stories About Sexual Rights”, tells the stories of 16 Germans and Ghanaians. In 8 categories, people from Germany and Ghana, talk about their commonalities, but also their individual stories, in the context of sexual and reproductive rights.

    Through the interviews conducted with the participants, the visitors of the exhibition learn about differences and similarities of German and Ghanaian teenage mothers, midwives, sexual activists, etc. The project underlines our goal of an intercultural dialogue and the importance of sexual rights. In Germany the exhibition is funded by O2 Think Big and has been featured at a family planning centre and varoius cafes in Berlin.

  • Education

    In Germany we aim to educate about global responsibility and social commitment. We conduct project days at German schools where students are informed of stereotypes and the negative effects that they can bring. Together with the students we work to create a realistic picture and a better understanding of the African continent and its variety. Intercultural exchange leads to empathy and understanding.

  • Dialogue

    Racist, stereotypical, and colonial ways of thinking are unfortunately still a part of development cooperations. We want to create a space where it is possible to openly dispute such issues. We strive to constantly re-examine our own work and approach by keeping an open dialogue with key societal and political players.

    Our members regularly take part in seminars, conferences, and events to create this critical dialogue, and expose themselves to different approaches. We also organize our own events for the same purpose.