Fund for children in Cocoa growing areas launched

Mr Anthony Fofie Former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD and Mrs Magaret Okai ,Director  Early Childhood Education GES, performimg the launching ceremony. Photo; Vincent Dzatse

Mr Anthony Fofie Former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD and Mrs Magaret Okai ,Director Early Childhood Education GES, performimg the launching ceremony. Photo; Vincent Dzatse

An educational fund dubbed, “Tony Fofie Child Development Fund”, aimed at promoting the right of children in the cocoa growing communities has been launched in Accra.

The fund, which was named after former chief executive officer of COCOBOD, Mr Anthony Fofie, would support 70 senior high students of cocoa communities.

The fund, initiated by Mondelez International Cocoa Life, will also build intellectual skills, equip young people with apprenticeship skills and also reduce the practice of child labour.

The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in a speech read on his behalf, commended the initiators for their vision to support children from cocoa growing areas.

According to him, government alone could not provide all the needs of farmers, and welcomed stakeholders especially the private sector to partner with government to develop the sector.

He expressed the hope that the fund would achieve it purpose in creating educational opportunities for children and other young people.

Madam Yaa Peprah Amekudzi, Country Lead, Mondelez International Cocoa Life, said the fund was established based on a commitment to ensure children’s right to education was realised.

She said the fund would take steps to preserve the dignity, privacy and ensure that children were not subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuses.

She said beneficiaries would receive career guidance through mentorship programmes and also help to reduce the incidence of school drop outs.

Madam Amekudzi said her outfit would continue to work towards the empowerment of women in cocoa areas to create the kind of communities they and their children needed.

“We would protect the landscapes in which cocoa is grown to maintain eco-systems, work towards eliminating child labour and support famers to improve yields and earn income that would lift them out of poverty,” she said.

Mr Fofie, said cocoa had been a major contributor of the country’s GDP over the years, therefore, the need to match visible developments in cocoa communities.

He commended Mondelez International Cocoa Life, for its unrelenting effort not only in the cocoa sector but, also in addressing the socio-economic problems that affected the sector.

Mondelez International Cocoa Life is one of the world’s largest chocolate companies. It is the mother company of Cadbury Ghana Limited.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong  

 

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