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In late 2000 and early 2001, the international media reported that children were being trafficked and employed in large numbers in hazardous work, including the cocoa sector, under slavery-like conditions in West Africa.

The media reports led to discussions between the representatives of the international cocoa industry and a number of trade unions, consumer and non-governmental organizations and advocated for actions to be taken to eliminate worst forms of child labour in the sector to prevent boycott of cocoa products and its derivatives. The meeting resulted in the development of a strategy to deal with the pro

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[09/03/14]   NPECLC COMMENCES NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN

The National Programme for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Cocoa (NPELC) has commenced needs assessment on children that were selected through the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS).

The needs assessment will inform the distribution of school materials like uniforms, sandals, pencils, pens, erasers and mathematical sets to 1300 vulnerable children in cocoa growing communities.
The NPECLC, a programme under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations dedicated to fighting the worst forms of Child Labour in cocoa growing communities, embarked on a field visit to twenty-five (25) communities to conduct the needs assessments on the identified children. The exercise was conducted from 26th May, 2014 to 15th June, 2014.

A pilot project conducted under the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) in five (5) districts and twenty five (25) communities identified two thousand eight hundred and fifty eighty(2,858) children as being in worst forms of child labour or at risk of being in child labour. There was therefore the need to conduct needs assessment towards the distribution of materials procured for the selected children.
The objectives of the exercise were to ascertain the number of vulnerable school children who needed basic school materials and also the number of children who were above school age and needed to be supported with vocational skills training.

At the end of the exercise, a total number of 1,811 children were assessed. It was found out that 68% representing 1,235 children needed basic school materials, 1% representing 13 children needed to be put into vocational skills and 31% representing 563 children who should not be supported. One of the main reasons why 31% of the children require no support is that, their parents have become more responsible towards their (children) education and thus provided all their basic needs.

Furthermore, some of these children were either out of the community or were 18yrs and above. The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu will be presenting the materials to vulnerable children later this month.

[09/01/14]   CHILD LABOUR HIGH IN BRONG-AHAFO - SURVEY

Brong-Ahafo Region recorded the highest rate of child labour, findings from the Ghana Living Standards Survey round six (GLSS -6) has revealed.

Children, about 33.5 per cent between the ages of five and 17 years in the region, are engaged in exploitative labour in areas such as agriculture, fishing and mining, it said.

Greater Accra Region, however, recorded the lowest rate of child labour of about 5.2 percent.

The GLSS-6 was conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in 18,000 households in 1,200 enumeration areas between 2012 and 2013.

Mr Owusu Kagya, Principal Statistician at the GSS, who disclosed this at a dissemination workshop on the GLSS-6 at Fumesua in the Kumasi Metropolis on Friday, said a radical approach was needed to control child labour in Brong-Ahafo, Volta and Ashanti regions.

According to the findings, 67.6 per cent of Ghanaians are registered under various health insurance schemes in the country with Brong-Ahafo recording the highest number of registered persons of 82.2 percent.

Greater Accra recorded the lowest membership of 58.3 percent, Mr Owusu Emmanuel Osei, Head of Governance Statistics at the GSS, said in a presentation.

He said the number of people enjoying health insurance was not encouraging, and stressed the need to support more Ghanaians to register, especially under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

According to the report about 5.2 percent of Ghanaians are currently unemployed with unemployment rate higher among people in rural areas.

It, however, indicated that youth unemployment rate stood at 5.5 per cent with the situation higher in Upper East Region and lower in Brong-Ahafo Region.

CREDIT: GNA

[05/10/12]   SCHOOL CHILDREN SUPPORTED

As part of the remediation activities of the National Programme for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Cocoa (NPECLC) to reduce the incidence of child labour in the cocoa producing areas in the country, twenty (20) children from Pramkese in the Kwaebibirem District of the Eastern Region were provided with basic school materials. The presentation was at a colourful durbar held at Pramkese to encourage them attend school regularly. The items were school bags, mathematical sets, sandals, school uniforms and other basic materials like pens, pencils and erasers.
The children were among seventy five (75) children who do not attend school regularly and were identified during the pre-testing of the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) in four communities in the district, namely; Pramkese, Okumaning, Tweapease and Bamenase. Fifty five (55) children from the other three communities would receive their support through the District Focal Persons at a later date.
Reports generated from the pre-testing exercise identified a total of one hundred and forty four (144) children who fall under the following categories:
• children who are in school,
• children who don’t attend school regularly and
• children who have never been to school
It came to light that the main cause of irregular school attendance of the children was the lack of basic school materials. It was noted that the children sometimes skipped school to work on cocoa farms and also engage in commercial activities for money to buy basic school needs.
The Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Hon. Antwi Boasiako - Sekyere made the presentations on behalf of the sector Minister. He advised the children to be obedient to their parents and use the materials judiciously for the intended purpose. He also assured the children who have never been to school that they were not left out and that government is seriously working to provide them with the appropriate assistance.
The chief of Pramkese, Nana Barima Ofori Frimpong II, who chaired the function, was full of praise for the Ministry for their support. He reminded the community that the future of the child is not only good for the family, but also the country as a whole. He therefore called for positive attitudinal change among community members to ensure that their children realised their full potentials. He concluded by encouraging the Ministry not to relent on its efforts to help most of these children realise their dreams.

PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF LOGISTICS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN 10/05/2012

PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF LOGISTICS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN

[03/16/12]   Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System Officially Launched

The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare marked a milestone in the fight against child labour with the launching of the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) at a very colourful ceremony at Likpe Bakwa in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region.
The launch took place on the 14th of March 2012 by the Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Hon. Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere on behalf of the sector Minister, Hon. Moses Asaga.
Present at the launching were the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Hohoe, Dr. Margaret Quaicoo, traditional leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, teachers, school children, and the community members from Lipke Bakwa and other surrounding communities.
The acting paramount chief of Lolobi traditional area, Nana Krakrebesi II who chaired the function, in his response, assured all stakeholders of the commitment and readiness of the people of Likpe Bakwa to help fight the peril of child labour.
There were solidarity messages from Ms. Patience Dapaah from the International Cocoa Initiative, Dr. Margaret Quicoo, the MCE of Hohoe Municipality, Mr. Emmanuel Opoku from COCOBOD, Madam Melane Royce Boyce from the Chocolate Industry, Mr. Stephen McClelland, ILO/IPEC Technical Adviser to Ghana and Madam Vernellc Trin, a representative from the US Embassy. They all assured the NPECLC of their unflinching support to work together as partners to create a future for the children to enable them take their rightful place on the global stage.
Launching the GCLMS, Hon. Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere, made it clear that child labour, is an appalling phenomenon that should not be allowed in any democratic country. He recalled that it was through the dint of sheer hardwork by well-meaning Ghanaians and the support from foreign partners that the country has come this far in the fight against child labour. Among the laurels is the removal of Ghana’s name by the USDOL from the executive order 13126 as a country that does not use child labour in the production of cocoa he said.
He made it known that the GCLMS was a system agreed upon by all stakeholders in the fight against child labour, as the antidote to the child labour menace. According to him, the GCLMS will help to monitor children’s school attendance, those in the worst forms of child labour and withdraw such children for the necessary remedial action. He encouraged everybody to ‘put their shoulders to the wheel’ to fight against the child labour menace.
He climaxed the occasion by outdooring the Community Data Collectors, Data Entry Clerks and the District Focal Persons who will be involved in the data collection exercise to all stakeholders. He charged them to work diligently and efficiently to collect accurate data for mother Ghana. This he said will help government and other policy makers to come out with appropriate interventions and policies to address the child labour canker.

LAUNCHING OF THE GCLMS 16/03/2012

The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare marked a milestone in the fight against child labour with the launching of the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) at a very colourful ceremony at Likpe Bakwa in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region.

The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare marked a milestone in the fight against child labour with the launching of the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) at a very colourful ceremony at Likpe Bakwa in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region.

National Steering Committee on Child Labour Meeting 15/03/2012

A two day workshop was organised for National Steering Committee on Child Labour (NSCCL) and district focal persons at Marina Hotel, Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana from the 8th to the 9th of March, 2012. The workshop was to: brief the National Steering Committee Members on the current state and achievements of the implementation progress of the GCLMS. take a decision on Ferrero’s Proposal to partner the NPECLC in establishing the GCLMS in 162 cocoa producing communities within a four year period inform the NSCCL about the official lunching of the GCLMS at Hohoe.

A two day workshop was organised for National Steering Committee on Child Labour (NSCCL) and district focal persons at Marina Hotel, Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana from the 8th to the 9th of March, 2012. The workshop was to: brief the National Steering Committee Members on the current state and achievements of the implementation progress of the GCLMS. take a decision on Ferrero’s Proposal to partner the NPECLC in establishing the GCLMS in 162 cocoa producing communities within a four year period inform the NSCCL about the official lunching of the GCLMS at Hohoe.

[03/15/12]   NSCCL and District Focal Persons Attend Workshop
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A two day workshop was organised for National Steering Committee on Child Labour (NSCCL) and district focal persons at Marina Hotel, Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana from the 8th to the 9th of March, 2012.
The workshop was to:
brief the National Steering Committee Members on the current state and achievements of the implementation progress of the GCLMS.
take a decision on Ferrero’s Proposal to partner the NPECLC in establishing the GCLMS in 162 cocoa producing communities within a four year period
inform the NSCCL about the official lunching of the GCLMS at Hohoe.

The workshop was organised under the chairmanship of Mr. Eric Okrah of World Food Programme (WFP), who is a consultant for the school feeding programme in Ghana. He stated that the ultimate reason for the meeting is to protect the children of Ghana. He expressed gratitude to the government of Ghana, international and local partners for their continual support in the running of the National Programme for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Cocoa (NPECLC).
Other speakers at the workshop were The National Programme Manager of the NPECLC Prof. Richard Bani, Ms. Patience Dapaah of International Cocoa Initiative, The Chief Technical Advisor of ILO/IPEC, a representative from Industries and the Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Hon. Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere.
The Hon. Deputy Minister, in his remarks, reminded all stakeholders that they are the voices of the voiceless children in worst forms of child labour. He therefore entreated members to express their opinions freely without any intimidation to ensure the meeting achieve its purpose.
Mr. Sam Atukwei Quaye, the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) Coordinator, briefed stakeholders on the general overview of the GCLMS. According to him:
The GCLMS will be officially lunched on Wednesday, 14th March, 2012 at Likpe-Bakwa a community in the Hohoe District in the Volta Region.
Data Collection in the GCLMS Communities has commenced in five districts out of the six districts
There is a scale down in the GCLMS Communities from sixty (60) to thirty (30) communities due to financial constraint
The NPECLC will implement the GCLMS in 267 communities through collaboration from ILO/IPEC, ILO-KUAPA Cocoa and Ferrero-Source Trust

Prof. Richard Bani, the NPM in his closing remarks, thanked all the stakeholders for a successful workshop and tasked them not to relent in their efforts in the fight against child labour.

12/03/2012

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2011 Regional World Day Against Child Labour (12th June) 07/03/2012

2011 World Day Against Child Labour Regional celebration at Ahukwa, Sefwi Wiawso District in the Western Region.

2011 World Day Against Child Labour Regional celebration at Ahukwa, Sefwi Wiawso District in the Western Region.

2011 National Partners' Forum 07/03/2012

12th National Partners' Forum at True Vine Hotel, Kumasi on the 21st -23rd November, 2011 organised by the NPECLC that brought together various stakeholders in the fight against child labour.

12th National Partners' Forum at True Vine Hotel, Kumasi on the 21st -23rd November, 2011 organised by the NPECLC that brought together various stakeholders in the fight against child labour.

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