PSHE KS3 & KS4/GCSE: Child labour on cocoa plantations in Ghana (pt 1/3)

Presenter Hazel Lindsey travels from England to West Africa, to investigate the use of child labour on cocoa plantations in Ghana.

She travels to the village of Akyem Ofoase, about five hours from the capital Accra, to meet young cocoa pickers and find out what their life is like.

Here she meets eleven–year old Patrick, who shows her the nursery where he grows cocoa plants which he hopes to sell to farmers.

Hazel is also taken to the cocoa plantation owned by Patrick's uncle, where she interviews children workers.

Poor rural families rely on their children to work picking cocoa pods with machetes.

This is dangerous work, where injuries from the sharp machetes are common and the dangers of snakebites can occur at any time.

Hazel discovers children who enjoy working together and who have aspirations of a better future through education.

This clip is from the series Children at Work: Cocoa.

Teacher Notes

Ask students to write a diary entry detailing a day in the life of Patrick. What is his daily routine?

Discuss how it compares to the students' own day and how life could be made easier for Patrick.

Introduce the concept of Fairtrade:

Students could conduct a research activity, finding out what products they use regularly are Fairtrade and what measures the various companies have taken to have been awarded the Fairtrade logo.

The research could lead into playing a trading game.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching PSHE at KS3 and GCSE. This topic appears in Edexcel, AQA, KS3 and GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland, and SQA National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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Child labour on cocoa plantations in Ghana (pt 2/3)
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