Countries: Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana
Client(s): World Cocoa Foundation
Services: Capacity Building, Teacher Training
Expertise: Life Skills Training, Sustainable Agriculture/Food Security, Youth, Information and Communication Technologies, Basic Education for Children and Adults, Child Labor and Trafficking Prevention
The World Cocoa Foundation Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (WCF ECHOES) Alliance is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and WCF member companies. The alliance aims to strengthen cocoa-growing communities by expanding opportunities for youth and young adults through relevant education in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
The ECHOES III Project enhances the components of basic education, youth livelihoods and innovative activities. The basic education component provides teacher training in early grade reading instruction and evaluation, formal school re-enrollment support to out-of-school teens, functional literacy training for adults, and resource centers to cocoa farming communities. ECHOES III includes an inter-generational literacy program in Ghana, as well as after-school reading support to primary school students in both countries. Under the youth livelihoods component, both in-school and out of-school youth participate in a vocational agriculture and youth leadership education program.