Awareness Group (AG).
The awareness group of CAS started in December 2009. Members of staff of CAS volunteered to be members. Awareness work is done in addition to the regular job. Presently there are 7 members, the director of CAS and six others. The group has been further divided into two groups and go for presentations in turns.
This has been done to prevent the issue of one member of staff too often absent his/herself from regular work. Either group A or B travels to a particular school or university in a week and the other in another week.
Every Monday afternoon, the awareness group holds its planning meeting. During the meeting members are assigned to make the first contact with the universities or schools. This means the person has to travel there because telephone contact is not very effective.
The group has decided to concentrate on a particular area in the City at a time so that members do not have to travel from south to north every time. The contact person tries to meet existed student bodies who have interest in social issues. The student groups should not be too large because the presentations are designed as personal interactions between members of AG and students. In addition, the equipment CAS has is not suitable for large performances.
The awareness group uses a video named Rays of Hope which has been made by UBUNTU a group from Holland and the children. The video explains the various reasons why children are in the streets and in addition a power-point presentation to explain the work CAS does.
In December 2011, 21 presentations were given in Accra and one in the Ashanti region.
The group is able to present one presentation a week in a schools or universities and do other presentations in-house at CAS to visiting students or other interested groups.
CAS allows students from universities and schools to interact with the children in the streets, but it has become necessary to apply some regulations.
Students do not know the children and therefore are not allowed to directly advise how children should behave.
The awareness group is also responsible to keep the handouts of CAS and the website up to date.
A few times in a year the group organises special days at CAS such as International day of the African Child and the International day for street children.