MoGCSP holds two-day capacity training for officers in Cooperative Department
Human Trafficking Secretariat under the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and Expertise France and the leadership of the Department of cooperative has begun two days of capacity-building training for cooperatives officers in Ghana.
This training is being provided by the Human Trafficking Secretariat under the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.
The capacity training that will begin today at the Credit Unions Trading Centre in Kasoa is intended to build the capacity of Cocoa Cooperatives in Ghana.
Participants in the training will include employees from the Department of Social Welfare, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, and officers from the Cocoa Board.
The participants in the training will also be educated on the international and national legislative framework in the fight against human trafficking, as well as the indicators and guidelines for the referral and handling of cases of trafficking. This is another goal of the program.
Ms. Sena Owusu-Gibson, the Deputy Director of the Human Trafficking Secretariat, spoke in the name of the Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection. She stated that the Ministry and its other stakeholders are not resting on their oars in the fight against human trafficking.
She pointed out that as a result of the numerous types of destitution, Africa is in the precarious position of having to choose between putting children through school and training programs so that they can acquire skills, or forcing children to work on farms or in the streets so that they can fend for themselves and contribute to their families’ financial stability.
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“Let us always remember that there can be no justifiable reason for engaging and endangering the lives of our children on our farms, factories, offices, etc. and especially in tasks that do not bring them any beneficial permanence,”
“Let us always remember that there can be no justifiable reason for engaging and endangering the lives of our children on our farms, factories, offices, etc
“Despite all of the interventions put in place by the government and Civil Society Organizations to prevent children from being exploited, some shady individuals continue to breach the laws and employ children on cocoa farms due to their need for low-cost labor,” she stated.
“This is a direct violation of the children’s rights.”
In his remarks, the Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Mr. William Kwashie Darlie, noted that the issue of labor exploitation and forced labor, particularly the use of children on cocoa farms, particularly in Ghana, has been the subject of discussion in the international community for some time now. Mr. Darlie noted that this issue has been the subject of discussion in the international community for some time now.
According to him, the Cooperative Societies Decree 252 of 1968 specified that the Department of Cooperatives be in responsible of sensitization, registration, auditing, inspection, and arbitration of cooperatives.
Despite this responsibility, the Department of Cooperatives is frequently disregarded and unrecognized.
As a result, he lauded the effort made by the EU and Expertise France to make it easier for Department of Defense employees to receive training.
He urged all of the attendees to take the various facilitators seriously and pay them the utmost attention so that they might return to their jobs after the training having improved their capabilities in the newly assigned field of work.
On the other hand, Serge Akpalou, the project manager for Expertise France in Ghana, stated that his organization is dedicated to aiding the Ghanaian government in its battle against human trafficking.
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He mentioned that the two-day workshop will give the officers the ability to have a better understanding and knowledge of human trafficking in the cocoa industry, as well as the ability to be well-equipped to identify and effectively collaborate with the actors involved in the referral and care of victims of trafficking. In addition, he stated that the officers will be able to have this understanding and knowledge in order to better protect victims of trafficking.
“The fight against human trafficking cannot be won by the government on its own; all relevant parties must be involved in order to achieve success.” We have gathered here today for the first of two sensitization and capacity-building