Aboagyekrom is a community in the Asante Akim South Region of Ghana. The community has a population of 1209. Prior to ICI’s intervention in the community there were only two schools; a kindergarten and a primary school. The construction of a new Junior High School, including five new classrooms and 120 desks, ensures that children who would not have gained higher than a primary school education can remain in school, rather than in the cocoa fields. Read how the new school changed one students hopes for the future.
In addition, Farmer Field School training resulted in higher yields for local farmers allowing additional income which could be spent on the education of children.
- Aboagyekrom has a primary health centre.
- Establishment and training of Community Child Protection Committees (CCPCs)
- Leadership training for community leaders (unit committee, chief and elders, opinion and religious leaders)
- Strengthening of the School Monitoring Committee (SMC)
- Increased monitoring and awareness of hazardous child labour through Community Child Protection Committee activities.
- Due to the construction of a Junior High School (JHS) in the community, children don’t have to walk far to access this level of education. Subsequently, the JHS in Aboagyekrom shows a school attendance rate of 98%. Children who otherwise would have ended their education at primary school level and participated in hazardous activities are now enrolled in JHS.
- Due to the provision of school desks, gross school enrollment at a primary school level has increased significantly. Other factors contributing to this include a school feeding programme, enrollment drive motivated by SMC/CCPC.
- Food is prepared for 261 children irrespective of the weather in the school kitchen and the dining hall provides a hygienic place for the children to eat.
- Increase of cocoa yields due to the Farmer Field Schools. Parents and guardians use the additional income to provide for educational needs of their children/wards.