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Many Children In Jamestown Resort To Fishing Due To Closure Of Schools

Many Children In Jamestown Resort To Fishing Due To Closure Of Schools

The closure of schools continues to take a toll on the livelihood of most school children in deprived and slum communities due to their inability to get access to gadgets to support them study virtually.
Children in Jamestown are no exception as most of them have resorted to fishing.


According to them, they find no interest in schooling anymore.
Jamestown is a community in the Accra Metropolis district in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana and falls within the Ablekuma South constituency.
The main source of income for the people is fishing; women and female children are also involved in fish mongering activities.


Majority of the folks in the community depend solely on the sea to earn a living.
 However, children in Korle-gonno are also exposed to fishing at a very young age.
A visit to the Seashore by the news team indicates that most children in the vicinity have resorted to fishing.


Ata Offei, a 15-year-old student in class 3 who was with his friends at the sea as at the time the news team showed up; they have resorted to fishing since schools were shut down due to the outbreak to COVID-19. 
In a conversation, he tells Adoa News he prefers fishing to school because he earns 60 cedis to 70 cedis per day and finds no interest in going back should school resume in January 2021.


Benjamin Sakyi, a 15-year-old student of Dream Africa, who spoke to me also, tells me, he doesn’t join his friends to fish though but he visits his friends at the sea because he has got nothing doing at home. He says his dream is to become a great footballer.
William Odartey Lamptey the oldest amongst them who is 20 years tells me he’s not returning to school should school resume because his bosom friend had stopped schooling

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A survey conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service on the impact of COVID-19 on education in Ghana indicates that, 96.6% of Schoolchildren likely not to return once schools reopen.
35.0% of Basic school children are not engaged in any form of learning whiles at home.
28.0% of SHS students are not engaged in any form of learning whiles at home whiles 25.6% of Basic school children are without access to learning tools like computers and phones.


Story by Isaac Otoo.

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