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Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES)

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Low literacy and numeracy skills impede farmers' abilities to efficiently manage production and loans, negotiate agreements, understand the business aspects of cocoa farming, apply new technologies to increase crop yields, and understand costing and pricing calculations. The ECHOES initiative aims to strengthen cocoa growing communities in Western Ghana by expanding opportunities for youth and adults through relevant education.

Through ECHOES, World Education promotes adult literacy through community-managed integrated literacy classes, implements accelerated basic literacy and agricultural entrepreneurship for youth, and supports mentoring and peer activities to share entrepreneurial ideas and create positive connections between youth and their communities.

ECHOES is implemented in collaboration with Winrock International and the World Cocoa Foundation.

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Connecting Cocoa Communities (CocoaLink)

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Farmers in remote locations do not always receive the farmer extension services provided by the local government because of the limited reach of the extension services and inability of these farmers to access the services. In response, World Education – with funding support from Hershey’s and World Cocoa Foundation – developed CocoaLink, which uses mobile technology to communicate practical, timely, and important agricultural and social information to cocoa farmers in Ghana. Through Cocoalink, farmer extension services are delivered to cocoa farmers through a cost-effective and feasible mechanism that enables cocoa farmers to request and obtain timely farming, social, health, and marketing information to improve their incomes and livelihoods.

By December 2012, the program had reached more than 9,700 cocoa farmers across five of the six cocoa-growing regions in Ghana and is estimated to reach over 100,000 cocoa farmers by 2014. Furthermore, the project pilots a mobile phone-based monitoring system to track, analyze, and share improvements and results across communities. This program was expanded to Cote d’Ivoire in Spring 2013. Read about CocoaLink in the UN magazine, Africa Wired

CocoaLink is implemented in collaboration with the World Cocoa Foundation and M. S. Hershey's Foundation.

Integrated School Project on Clean Cook Energy (INSPOCCE)

In Ghana, according to the WHO, over 13,000 deaths occur each year as a result of exposure to household air pollution (HAP) or indoor air pollution (IAP) and more than 21 million people are impacted by exposure to HAP each year.

To address Ghana's long-standing energy challenge and build on new opportunities for transforming the cooking sector, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves through World Education is implementing a pilot project dubbed, 'Integrated School Project on Clean Cook Energy' (INSPOCCE) in two communities (Kuntunse and Sapeiman) in the Ga West Municipal of the Greater Accra Region.

The project is educating students in junior secondary schools about the dangers of cooking over open fires and the existence of cleaner, more efficient solutions.

As part of this pilot project, the Alliance through World Education seeks to design and implement a curriculum that can be tested and evaluated against several outcomes, including: increased knowledge and positive attitudes toward clean cooking solutions, students' learning and leadership skills, teacher and school administrator buy-in to the importance of teaching these topics, students’ families and communities awareness levels, and purchases of cleaner cooking solutions.

This project will not only raise awareness about the negative impacts of traditional cooking practices among Ghanaian youth, but also provide opportunities for girls and boys to be part of the change as their own households transition to cleaner cooking solutions and to enhance their leadership skills. World Education is working with the Ghana Education Service to include the newly developed clean cooking curriculum into the national junior secondary curriculum.

Ghana Local Language Literacy Pilot

World Education is implementing a 2-year pilot program to enhance mother tongue (Akwapim Twi language) literacy acquisition and improve English as a second language instruction in Ghana. The pilot targets first grade classrooms in 120 schools in the Akropong North district in the Eastern Region. The program aims to bridge the gap between teacher instruction and the National Literacy Acceleration Program (NALAP) curriculum materials through the development of revised curriculum materials, supplementary teaching and learning materials, teacher training, and supervisory/coaching support to foster improved student literacy outcomes in the early grades.

World Education's local language literacy pilot specifically addresses important gaps in teacher training by training and coaching teachers to effectively teach reading skills that children need in the early grades. World Education's participatory approach incorporates international best-practice and pedagogical methods to both local language and English as a second language literacy instruction materials. World Education also draws on local expertise to identify strengths and gaps in local language instruction.

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