A reading club has been established within the Amormorso community, a cocoa growing area within the Bosome Freho district of the Ashanti region. With about 50 students as pioneers, the club is to boost reading and further learning among the children.
The chief of the community Nana J.H Acquah who welcomed the club launch was hopeful more children would inculcate the habit of reading as a way of increasing and sharing knowledge. He further challenged the community members to make the education of their wards a priority especially in these times where digital transformation is vital.
On the other hand, the audience was reminded that Africa is a continent rich in resources, and cocoa is one of its most valuable. However, this crop is often tainted because it is directly or indirectly associated with child labor. This raises the crucial issue of how stakeholders, including farmer groups, communities, cocoa farmers, processing companies, and civil/state societies, can contribute to child rights protection and promotion.
“It is essential not to treat child labor separately but to have a more holistic approach that takes into consideration the producer, their plantation, their family, and their community. This means promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting producers with concrete actions or projects to improve their income and living conditions’’. Mamadou Ly, Managing Director, Nyonkopa, Ghana.