In order to put an end to child labor in the cocoa industry in Ivory Coast, ICS-SP will be deploying its training and expertise with regards to parenting. Together with cocoa companies like Mars and Barry Callebaut, the Ivorian government and partner ngo's, we aim to eliminate child labor by 2025.
The living conditions of many farming families in the West-African cocoa industry are outright bad. Child labor is very common. According to records of Unicef there are over 150.000 children working on the plantations of the Ivory Coast, world wide’s biggest cocoa producer. The program TRECC, Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities in Cote D’Ivoire, serves the purpose of putting a stop to child labor in this sector. As one of the 20 organizations nominated out of 6.000 programs, ICS-SP has been chosen to implement its knowledge and expertise with regards to positive parenting.
The Skilful Parenting program of ICS can contribute to strengthening cocoa farmers and their families, to increase parents’ knowledge on child development and child maltreatment with the aim of reducing support for child labor and, instead of working on the plantation, ensure these children go to school. In September 2017, two colleagues from Kenya travelled to Ivory Coast to provide training to partner organizations. In the near future, new Ivorian colleagues will be appointed to form a local ICS-team. Soon these partners will, under supervision of ICS, implement our methods in the local field.
TRECC is an initiative of the Jacobs Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation, UBS Foundation and the government of the Ivory Coast, in cooperation with eight chocolate companies among which Mars and Barry Callebaut. One of the Sustainable Development Goals, as drawn up by the UN, is the termination of child labor by 2025. An aspiration ICS-SP is keen to support.
I have known that children can be celebrated. Inside my heart I feel I am safe with all the stakeholders around us. Thank you for coming on board to give our parents the light, my father will be a better father,” says Elisha Odeny, a pupil from Obaga Primary school. >>