Farming for Futures
The approach of the Farming for Futures project is developing
understanding on the causes of young boys dropping out of school and design an initiative to
reduce the number of boys dropping out of school. The region of focus is Nayorku, West Mamprusi.
Data from interviews in Nayorku shows that
an overwhelming majority (79%) of the boys who had dropped out of school
had done so in order to provide income support for their families on the farm. In Ghana,
the pressures on children to contribute to household income are such that an
estimated 28% of 7-14yr olds are involved in remuneration work, 44% for boys and
39% for girls (DFID). Unicef (2001) illustrates a gender gap at primary level of
about 1% and as much as 16% at secondary level.
The current strategies are to set up an Agricultural Farming Cooperative in Nayorku, that allows
farmers to share machinery and tools, and also run best farming practice workshops in educating
farmers on practical methods to increase crop yield. Consequently, it is hoped that this will ease the pressure
on young boys to work on the farms and therefore improve school attendance rates.
The project was one of 3 projects (Farming for Futures, Students for Schooling and
Educating Children Through Culture) being
implemented by International Service volunteers, through the UK government's International Citizen