Pakyi

About the Community

Pakyi is a community located in the Atwima Mponua district of Ghana. Village elders estimate the population at 1323, of which 669 are children. This community has access to a kindergarten, primary school and junior high school. The nearest senior high school is 20 km away.

  • Pakyi’s nearest primary health centre is 3 km away.
  • This community has a safe water point which is less than a five minute walk away.

The community has been working with ICI since September 2015.

Actions by ICI
  • Child labour and child protection awareness raising sessions were conducted in Pakyi.
  • Following on from the awareness raising sessions a community wide meeting was held to develop a Community Action Plan (CAP).
  • Members of the community were trained on farming techniques and formed a Community Service Group. This group provides labour to farmers in order to reduce their dependence on child labour in cocoa fields, allowing children to gain an education.
  • Nineteen (19) CCPC, CSG and Women group members and community leaders were trained on group dynamism and conflict management. This is to help the various groups understand conflict and how to handle and resolve it.
  • Provision of 6 tables and 10 chairs to teachers.
Partnering with
Actions by ICI
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Community Action Plan
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CCPC
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Community Service Group
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Teachers Table and Chairs
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3 Classroom block
Results
  • Completion of 3 classroom block with office and store
Next Steps
  • Conduct PCCF in 2017, analyze the data to assess progress made towards child protection
  • 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 interested women group members, youth and older children who are not in school, allowing them to learn basic numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Meet with GES (District Directors, School placement officers and Examination officers), parents who wards are in JHS 3 and SMCs/PTAs to discuss the importance 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 among children.
  • Train child protection club members on health and safety, personal hygiene as well as reproductive health
  • Community Service Groups: Members will receive training on farm sanitation including weeding, pruning, moss removal from cocoa trees. These skills will then be applied to assist cocoa farmers, reducing the need to use children as labour.
  • Livelihood support to women group and CCPC members
  • Organize relevant and appropriate occupational health and safety training for IGA members
  • Conduct Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) sample-survey at the community level to assess the level of knowledge of awareness raising of community members
  • Organise gender empowerment training for women and community leaders
Testimonials

Frank Gyami, Headteacher of the Pakyi community's Primary School: "before ICI introduced its project to the community some parents sent their children to schools in Nkrumah about 3km away and attendance was irregular due to the distance."

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