PSHE KS3 & KS4/GCSE: Child Labour on cocoa plantations in Ghana (pt 2/3)

Hazel Lindsey, a presenter from England, travels from the UK to Ghana in West Africa to investigate the child labourers at the bottom of the supply chain for the world’s favourite treat - chocolate.

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 11-year-old Patrick, who shows her round the small house he lives in with another nine family members, then he and Hazel collect water from the village borehole.

Hazel helps prepare the family dinner. Hazel is shown how cocoa beans are dried once they have been harvested and how there are no machines in the village to deal with this process.

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

Teacher Notes

Students can list the difficulties that the children and families face in their day to day life as shown in this clip and what they do to combat them.

Students can think of ideas of how life could be made easier for Patrick and discuss them in groups, then present their ideas to the rest of the class.

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.

More from Children at Work: Cocoa

Child labour on cocoa plantations in Ghana (pt 1/3)
Child labour on cocoa plantations in Ghana (pt 3/3)