Kokoo Pa Farmers Organization, a farmer-based organization and Child Rights International (CRI) have held validation meetings with stakeholders in the implementation of a project dubbed: “Yen Mma Daakye Nti” in Ashanti, Western North and Ahafo Regions.
The project, which is being implemented in five out of the seven operating districts of Kokoo Pa, seeks to reduce child labour and promote child protection issues among member farmers, their households and communities.
Funded by UTZ Foundation and Rainforest Alliance, the project also seeks to provide some remediation for children at risk of child labour in order not to truncate their education.
To ensure effective implementation of the project, a baseline survey was undertaken as pre-intervention activity using the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (GCLMRS) for the establishment of a household register to aid smooth implementation of the project.
After two years of implementation of the first phase of the project, Kokoo Pa decided to hold validation meetings with key stakeholders to share its findings on data collected and also solicit their views and support on the way forward in eliminating child labour from the value chain.
The meetings, which were held separately at Tepa and Nyinahin, both in Ashanti and Kenyasi in the Ahafo Region were attended by representatives from the Ghana Education Service, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, District Assemblies, heads of selected schools and Assembly Members.
Mr. Bright Appiah, Executive Director of CRI who presented the findings of the survey, said the collection of the data was to identify cases of child labour and children at risk of being engaged in the menace.
He said the data would be used to establish a list of children in need of support from the Farmer-Based Child Protection Committees (FCPC) and for the purpose of lobbying and advocacy to generate funds for child labour remediation.
He disclosed that the survey captured children in worst forms of child labour such as those involved in child marriage, pornographic recordings, slavery, trafficking and sexual exploitation.
He implored the participants to take keen interest in protecting the rights of children by acting as agents of change in their respective endeavours.
Mrs. Joyce Poku-Marboah, Programmes Manager of Kokoo Pa said a total of 146 children from 30 communities had been identified to benefit from the remediation exercise.
She said they would be provided with items such as books, pens, Pencils, shoes, uniforms, school bags and bicycles to enable them stay in school.
Kokoo Pa Farmer Organization was established in 2009 with the objective of promoting the adoption of sustainable farming practices to achieve economic and social well-being of member farmers.