This ICI study explores the relationship between child labour, school attendance and child well-being among children in cocoa-growing households in Côte d’Ivoire.
This study investigates whether, in the context of smallholder farming in cocoa-growing areas of West-Africa, children’s psychological wellbeing (a proxy for the child’s physical and mental health) and access to school are linked with the intensity of exposure to child work, one of the several determinants of severity of child work.
We use data from a survey of 2,274 children in 5 cooperatives in the regions of Gbôklé, Nawa and San-Pédro, Côte d’Ivoire, which included information about children’s family situation, education, work, and wellbeing to answer the following questions:
- How is children’s work, and its intensity (e.g. the number of hours worked), linked to children’s wellbeing?
- How is schooling linked to children’s wellbeing?
- How does a combination of schooling and child work affect children’s wellbeing?
To measure children’s psychological wellbeing, we used the WHO-5 child wellbeing index, which to our knowledge, was also tested for the first time in the West-African context and was found to be both suitable and easy-to-administer.
Read the report: Linking child labour, schooling and child wellbeing