Kankan is one of the biggest cities in Guinea. It is located in the eastern part of the country and has a population of about 190, 000 people.
It is the commercial, educational and administrative centre of the north-eastern region, and is home to manufacturing and traditional craft industries.
The area around Kankan is affected by particularly high levels of poverty. Almost one third of the population in this region lives in poverty.
Since 2004, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families, and advocating for their rights in Kankan.
Even though Guinea has passed laws that prohibit physical punishment of children in all settings, it is still a common practice.
Violent discipline at home is the most common form of violence against children. This can be especially harmful at a young age, because there is an increased risk of physical injuries. Children can’t understand the reasons behind the abuse or adopt coping strategies. Physical and psychological aggression often happen at the same time. The consequences of violent discipline range from immediate effects to long-term damage that affect children through their childhood and into adulthood.
70% of adults in Kankan cannot read and write. This is one of the lowest rates of all the regions in Guinea. The country also has a big gap between rural and urban areas: around 60% of the urban population knows how to read, whereas the same is true for only 24% of the rural population.
Achieving and improving literacy skills is an important part of the right to education. But education is more than just being able to read and write - it can empower people and enable them to participate fully in society and improves their livelihood.