Leading chocolate maker, Hershey Company, has announced a scheme aimed at addressing the illegal use of child labour in the cocoa industry in West Africa.

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Last Wednesday, AwaaWaa2 launched its weeklong celebration packed with activities to encourage people to accept and embrace children and other persons with communication difficulties.

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Tens of thousands of children work on Ghana’s cocoa plantations - often doing hazardous tasks when they should be at school - but change is coming.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 06:33

Opening “Doorways” to Safer Schools

 

Akosua* is 16 years old. Her mother passed away, and she lives with her grandmother in Ajumako District in Ghana. Her school uniform is patched. She wears slippers to school. Akosua’s classmates began taunting her about her appearance, pressuring her to have sex with a man in her community in exchange for money and clothes. The harsh words hurt her feelings, but didn’t break her spirit.

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On his first airplane flight, and his first trip outside of his native Ghana, Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11, arrived here with his father to give an inspirational speech at the African Union’s pledging conference. The event was held this week in support of more than 12 million people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa.

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There are thousands of children living and working on the streets of Accra and other regional towns, and the number in Accra is growing by the day. The problems of streetism and child labour are complex and the phenomena have grown over the years.

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The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) will soon submit a draft policy to Cabinet for consideration.

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The West Africa Network for the Protection of Children, recently held a press conference at the CEDAG office along Garba Jahumpa Road in Bakau.

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Information available to The Chronicle indicates that a great number of Ghanaian children under five years, representing over 78%, are suffering from anaemia or malnourishment, while 59% of women of reproductive ages, are also said to be anaemic.

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The Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah, has called on orphanages in the country to operate within acceptable levels that would ensure that the managers and personnel of the orphanages take good care of children under their care, to help promote effective training of such children.

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