In Ghana, children are involved in the worst forms of child labor. This includes gold mining, fishing, and cocoa harvesting. Because of poverty, ignorance, and child labor, hundreds of kids do NOT go to school. Tragically, many of them drop out of school every year. We are helping to change this by providing scholarships, school supplies, school meals, and uniforms. Computer training is helping to provide the kids with the needed competence for a digitally-connected world.
According to the Department of Labor, 25% of children aged 5-14 in Ghana are not going to school or working full time. Some of them are breadwinners for their families. They are exposed to hard labor conditions and mercury poisoning. For school-goers, the earnings from part-time employment help pay for their school-related costs. No child should have to expose themselves to hazardous mining conditions or be involved in hard child labor! They deserve better.
This project will help ensure kids stay in and complete school by covering their school-related costs. The children will no longer have to work to earn income for schooling. Together, we will help ensure that kids advance their education. Project funds will also provide school supplies, school meals, and computer training. The learning of kids will be boosted and enhanced. This will ensure they are better equipped and prepared to lead their communities.
By easing the financial burden of tuition and school supplies, children will be able to pursue their education. Empowered and educated, they will have the needed skills to break free from the vicious cycle of poverty. Educated kids will have access to greater opportunities. They will be better positioned to contribute to the community and national development.
Ghana Child Labor ~ Bureau Of International Labor
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