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Child Labour in Fishing, Cattle Herding and Sand Winning (Time Bound Programme)

The Time-Bound Project was a two (2) year project funded by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The goal of the project was to create awareness on some of the worst forms of child labour and to prevent, withdraw and rehabilitate 800 children in fishing, cattle herding and sand wining in selected communities in the North and South Tongu Districts of the Volta Region.

International Needs Ghana in collaboration with the District Child Labour Committees (DCLCs) in both North and South-Tongu districts, implemented the project at Agave-Afedume, Aglorkpovia, Akyemfo, Atravenu, Battor, Dendo, Dorkploame, Fievie, Gborkpo and Old-Bakpa.Community level awareness on the use of children in cattle-herding, fishing and sand wining increased in the project beneficiary communities. This was achieved through the organization of children’s fora in selected schools, community durbars and the district’s print media, which sensitized stakeholders on the effects of child labor, the importance of education and the laws that protect children.

Out of a total of 397 children withdrawn and prevented from child labour, 392 were placed in schools in the project communities while five were placed in vocational /apprenticeship training. They were counseled and supplied with school uniforms and learning materials to facilitate their training. 96 children were also identified in cattle herding in both districts and were counseled and prepared to be withdrawn under the IN Network Transitional Morning School.

175 parents of beneficiary children were selected, screened and profiled by a collaborating team of International Needs Ghana and the Department of Social Welfare in the two districts. The list of names of the parents were submitted to the District Assemblies for financial assistance to enable them undertake various income generating activities.