World Vision’s Mondelez International campaigns against Child Labour

Social Children Labour Measures
Social Children Labour Measures

Mondelez International Cocoa Life of the World Vision International, has climaxed this year’s World Day Against Child Labour at Mayenda, a cocoa-growing community in the Awutu Senya West District as part of a long-month advocacy campaign against child Labour under a sustainability programme.

The commemoration on the theme: “Together, Let’s End Child Labour Through Social Protection”, brought together various child rights education organizations, including Child Rights International (CRI), World Vision (WV) and World Cocoa Foundation (WCF).

Country Director of Mondelez International Cocoa Life and Nkosouhene of Mayenda, Nana Okofo Apetu II, emphasized that focusing on the campaign against misconception and misinformation about child labour was very essential.
Speaking in an interview with the GNA, she said the misconception and misinformation about child labour were defeating the fight against child labour.

“The misconception and misinformation most of the times are on children’s house chores or minor jobs, but primarily, child labour refers to hard work beyond the ability of the child and affect their health or impede their access to education.”

Nana Okofo Apetu said Mondelez International initiated the sustainability programme to solely address issues affecting the cocoa sector.

She added that the programme was currently running in many communities across cocoa-growing areas in Ghana.
Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Bright Wireko Brobbey, representing the sector minister, said child labour continued to be on the rise despite the numerous efforts to stop the practice.

He pointed out that the Ministry, as part of measures to ensure that child labour was minimized, had instituted five key areas for the various MMDAs to prioritize to achieve the expected results.

They are prioritizing the issues of child labour in the mid-term development plans of the various MMDAs, committing resources to child labour activities, institutionalising the Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC), strengthening collaboration among government departments and agencies and all stakeholders and the timely reporting of child labour activities.

According to him, the intervention when strictly implemented could contribute to eliminating child labour.

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