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Last Updated: Friday May 18 2007 14:30 GMT

Dani Harmer: My second report from Ghana

Ibrahim goes back to the corn mill

Dani Harmer, star of CBBC's Tracy Beaker, has visited Ghana to speak to children about their lives. Charities Comic Relief and Action Aid have taken the actress to Africa to promote a scheme which aims to allow all children to be able to go to school.

Newsround decided to give Dani the special honour of becoming a Press Packer during the trip - here is her second report.

"I've travelled to Ghana to find out what life is like for children here.

I spoke to Hamdia who goes to school in the morning but has to work when she gets back home.

Hamdia told me about her day. She washes herself, cleans her teeth, washes the dishes and sweeps up before going to school.

Then she goes to the market to buy fruit which she sells around her village.

Hamdia with Dani
Hamdia with Dani

I asked her how it felt having to work every day. She told me she was always tired as she has to get up and do the housework, go to school and then work.

She told me that sometimes she is so tired that she falls asleep while she's washing herself.

Made me think

Meeting Hamdia made me think of my younger sister. Some of the kids who work here are just 13 years old, the same age as my sister. It's crazy and it's so upsetting.

Boys too
Dani and friends encourage you to join up
Dani encourages you to join up

It's not just girls who miss out on education. For five years, Ibrahim (pictured at the top of the page) worked in a corn mill grinding flour to help support his family.

He told me every day he spent 12 hours in the heat and noise of the mill. It's only in the past few years that he started going to school and is finally getting a chance to catch up.


Charities are working really hard to help children like Hamdia, Zuwera and Ibrahim, but the truth is, until governments take action, the problem is just going to get worse.

If you want to help make a difference, click on the Join Up link on the right hand side of this page. The campaign hopes to get everyone to join up and take action.

Dani Harmer

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