Good Practice

Skills training strategies to combat WFCL in urban informal sector in Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa - Final Evaluation

Good Practice Description

The use of professional counselors in specialized agencies to counsel the children to accept to withdraw and undergo training was very useful. A considerable amount of time is needed to counsel the children to prepare them for the training. Counseling should continue throughout the training.
Training of artisan service providers in handling child labourers was very useful in preparing them for the training. The identification and training should be preceded by the withdrawal of children and who will have selected specific trade areas. This will enable the right artisans to be selected for the project. Further the development and use of curriculum for the training was useful because it facilitated effective and efficient training.

Establishment of a counseling centre in Ghana where the children meet every fortnight to share ideas, and experiences, learn about adolescent reproductive rights and responsibilities of children, social harassment issues etc was very useful. Expert counselors were invited to teach the children. The centre has also given visibility for the project in the community which attracts people to learn about the project. This development has created a good image for the programme.

Networking with specialized government/ non governmental agencies made significant contributions in counseling and diverse support to the project. Effective coordination of all interventions taking place at the local level is important because it maximizes resources mobilization, minimizes overlapping and avoids duplication of intervention. Multi-sectoral child protection committees at national, regional and district levels lead to effective implementation of existing policies that promote children rights.

Giving withdrawn children opportunity to choose the vocational skills they want to acquire ensured that, the courses offered under the skills training project were demand driven rather that supply driven. This helped to sustain the interest of the trainees in the project and to complete the training.
Keeping records on the performance of each trainee helped in monitoring the progress of the training as well as the specific needs of each trainee. This enabled specific solutions to be found for individual problems.

A good targeting and selection strategy was the identification of beneficiaries through referrals by members of the community and community based organisations. The strategy ensured that the community had an opportunity to identify the most needy and vulnerable in society.
The involvement of community based artisan training service providers was very useful because it was based on the use of local resources in the training which will help keep the trainees in their localities.

Monthly socialization exchange programmes/study visits by trainees to their peers at other locations/sites helped to reinforce and sustain their interest in training. It is therefore recommended that such programmes be maintained in future projects. Each trainee was asked to tell his or her stories to enable others learn from it.