ICI fights to eradicate child labour

The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is collaborating and strengthening partnerships with key decentralized government agencies and departments as part of a new strategy to eliminate worse forms of child labour in cocoa growing communities.

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The objective is to develop a functional child centred community networks that will help raise awareness on all forms of hazardous work that may have negative effect on the health and education of children while at the same time protecting their rights in the communities.

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Some key officers from the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Department of Social Welfare, Department of Community Development, the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Education Service among others, from four cocoa growing districts, have been selected to form the network and serve as the nucleus of the key district stakeholders to implement the project in their districts.

The beneficiary districts are Sefwi-Wiaso municipal, Assin South, Ahafo Ano South and Atwima-Mponua.

Mrs Avril Kudzi, National Coordinator of ICI, told the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a training workshop for the selected participants in Kumasi, that the aim of the concept was to promote active partnerships with the districts and community members in eradicating worse forms of child labour in cocoa growing communities.

She said the 5-day training programme was to build the capacities of the participants on the rights of children and laws protecting their rights in society, communication skills, awareness creation and sensitization techniques, participatory approaches, field animation and others, to equip them with the needed skills to discharge their duties.

Mrs Kudzi said community dialoguing and awareness creation was crucial in eliminating child labour and protecting the rights of children in society.

She said parents and community members must be aware of the effects of hazardous work on the health, education and welfare of their children and participate in efforts in addressing some of the challenges.

Mrs Kudzi said the training would also help the participants to identify key community livelihood projects that would support the growth and development of children as well as enhancing the living conditions of parents and other community members.

Mr Samuel Omane Derchie, of the Department of Community Development at Sefwi-Wiaso, told the Ghana News Agency that, the training programme would help equip them with the skills and expertise required to mobilize parents and community members in activities that would help eliminate child labour.

He said parents needed to recognize that education was paramount in the lives of their children.
Mr Derchie appealed to the media to get actively involved in the awareness creation efforts to help combat child labour from cocoa growing areas.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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