CHILD LABOR REMEDIATION
Below is an update on the Nyonkopa Child Labor Remediation Project.
- ENDING OF PHASE I OF THE PROJECT
During the third quarter of the year 2022, the Phase I of the Nyonkopa Child Labor Remediation Project came to an end. Between 2017 and 2019, PDA successfully remediated 4088 out of the 6678 identified victims of child labor within the value chain of Nyonkopa Cocoa. Below is a summary of the various interventions implemented in the 6 sectors.
Summary of performance on selected indicators
- 100% (6678) of cases were assessed and verified by the end of April 2021
- Community and household sensitization were conducted in all thecommunities visited and engaged throughout the project.
- 100% (20 VSLA groups) were formed by the end of February 2022.
- 100% (4090) children were provided with school kit support during the school-level direct remediation program.
- 70% (1266 out of 1800) of children received birth certificates. The other documents are still being processed.
- 100% (20) Community Action Plans were prepared by target communities
- 46% (64 of 140) children were successfully enrolled in a vocation of their choosing.
- Phonics by Phone Bridging class was carried out in 2 out of the 6 districts.
- COMMENCEMENT OF PHASE II OF THE CHILD LABOR REMEDIATION PROJECT
In September 2022, PDA commenced the Phase II of the Child Labor Remediation Program with the same goal of remediating children identified as child labor victims within the value chain of Nyonkopa Cocoa.
The total number of cases to be handled for Phase II is three thousand, seven hundred and fifty-eight (3,758), identified under seven operational sectors of Nyonkopa Cocoa, namely, Asante Bekwai, Akim Oda, Goaso, Kasapin, Assin Fosu, Juaboso and Dunkwa.
The Phase II of the project is expected to end in August 2023. Under this Phase, the project aims to achieve the following activities and goals:
- Household verification and needs assessment
- Support case children with school materials
- Re-enroll out-of-school children back in school. The target number will be based on the outcome of the household Needs Assessment
- Enroll 200 children into a vocation of their choice under the vocation program
- Set up 30 VSLA groups (4 groups/sector)
- Support 200 farmers to start a business under the Alternative Livelihood Program.
- Farmer’s Voice Radio Program
- Celebrate World Day Against Child Labor in the 7 sectors
- Form 20 reading clubs across the 7 sectors
On the 3rd of October, the team conducted Household Needs Assessment and Case Verification in all 7 sectors. The results of this exercise will guide the strategy of the program which will start during the last quarter of 2022.