Govt, NGOs Mark World Day Against Child Labour

The Ministry of Employment and Lobour Relations has expressed worry over the rising figure of the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round Six (GLSS 6) 2014 report on child labour.

According to the Ministry, the GLSS 6 2014 report estimated that 8.7 million children aged 5-17 years which represents 21.8 percent are engaged in child labour.

Also, a recent data published by the UNESCO on school enrolment indicates that 58 million children of primary school age and 63 million children of Junior High School age are still not enrolled in school.

“Sensitive yet hidden and pervasive nature of child labour”, the sector Minister, Iddrisu Haruna keynote address noted that this social canker requires a holistic approach which must comprise providing free compulsory and quality education.

The statement read on his behalf by Rudolf added that the elimination of the worst forms of child labour requires that all boys and girls have safe and quality learning environment.

The launch of this year’s 2015 world day against child labour under the theme, “No to Child Labour, Yes to Quality Education,” brought together government institutions and agencies, NGOs and CSOs to discuss the next possible ways of eliminating all worst forms of child labour in Ghana.

Charles Asante-Bempong, Programmes Manager at Ghana Employers’ Association briefly stated that government must effectively implement the livelihood programme against poverty, the Free Compulsory and Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), and the school feeding programmes to improve education in the country.

The Deputy Head, Gender and Social Protection, Trade Union Congress-Ghana, Teresa Nadia Abugah explained that child labour is any work that will deprive the child from going to school regularly as well as any practice that will hinder the proper growth of the child.

According to her, the situation still possesses a great challenge to the human resource development, despite the significant strives to mitigate the social canker.

“Child Education,” according to Mrs. Abugah, is the best possible way to overcome the various ways of child labour such as working for excessive long hours, carrying of heavy loads, exposure to dust, toxic chemicals and other health hazards.

To make progress, national and local action is required to identify and reach to out to those in child labour.

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