The participants at the workshop

A TWO day workshop on Transnational Child Raising Arrangements (TCRA) between Ghana and the Netherlands has been held at the Hepzibah Christian Centre, Aburi in the Akwapim South district of the Eastern region.

The workshop which brought together thirty delegates including children from Ghana and the Netherlands, was organized by the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana in collaboration with the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The Director of the centre, Prof. Mariama Awumbila noted that in recent times, issues about migration was increasingly gaining attention at national and global fora as more and more people were on the move for various reasons.

She said migration was considered a phenomenon with the potential for stimulating development and poverty reduction. She explained that the TCRA was the situation where migrating parents left behind one or more children to be raised by family and friends resulting in split families across borders.

During the workshop, participants will explore available research findings she said adding that children living in TCRAs were an important part of the project.

For this reason, two children from eight schools living in some form of TCRA situation will participate in the two day workshop to share their experiences and engage in creative writing on the subject.

Prof. Awumbila said the Centre For Migration Studies was established in 2006 to provide research, teaching, policy assessment, development and dissemination in the area of migration.

She said the centre brings together researchers across different disciplinary backgrounds such as sociologists, economists, geographers, political scientists, lawyers, environmentalists, and food and health workers.

Resource persons for the workshop include Professors, Valentina Mazzucato (Netherlands) and Takyiwaa Manuh (University of Ghana).

By Solomon Ofori

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