Akonkye is community in the cocoa distract of Nkwawie in Ghana. It has an estimated adult population of 877, of which 457 are children. The community has a kindergarten, primary school and junior high school. The nearest senior high school is 29km away.
- The community has a primary health care centre.
- The community has a safe water point which is less than five minutes away.
ICI started working with AKonkye in September, 2015
- Child labour and child protection awareness sessions have been organised within the community
- Establishment and training of Child Community Protection Committees (CCPCs) and provision of basic logistic tools for awareness raising. Members will take the lead on child protection awareness raising within the community.
- Development of a Community Action Plan (CAP) with the participation of community members.
- 11 women and 3 men have been supported to engage in soap making and vegetable cultivation as part of the income generating activities.
- CCPC, CSG, Women group members and community leaders were trained on group dynamism and conflict management. This will ensure that the groups have a better understanding conflict situations and how to manage and resolve them.
- Training: CCPC members will be trained on how to implement the CAP and on child labour monitoring.
- Women’s empowerment: Women’s groups will be formed to build leadership skills and enhance the role of women in community development. Women and youth will be trained in vegetable growing and other marketable activities to provide alternative sources of income.
- Education: Non-formal classes will be organised for women’s group, youth and older children who are not in school, allowing them to learn basic numeracy and literacy skills.
- Build the capacity of teachers including the headteachers and circuit supervisors on child protection and child rights and school friendly environment
- Organise meeting with GES (District Directors, School placement officers and Examination officers), parents with wards in JHS 3 and SMCs/PTAs to discuss the need for their children to continue to secondary education.
- Child Protection Clubs: Clubs will be formed to build upon awareness of child protection and child rights.
- Community Service Groups: A Community Service Group will be formed within the community to provide labour needs to farmers. the members will be trained to assist in reducing the need to use children as labourers on the cocoa farms.
- Organize relevant and appropriate occupational health and safety training for IGA members
- Organise gender empowerment training for women and community leaders