2018 celebration of World Day Against Child Labour
2018 celebration of World Day Against Child Labour

Better Laws And Policies To Fight Against Child Labour Needs To Be Implemented – Deputy Minister

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has underscored the need for the country to implement better laws and policies which will help in the fight against child labour.

Delivering the key note address on behalf of the Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations at a media launch held in Accra as part of activities to complement the 2018 celebration of World Day Against Child Labour, Dr. S.B Amponsah, Director of Special Duties at the Ministry said,
Child Labour remains a critical national issue which the current administration is addressing with the support of the media.

Dr. Amponsah disclosed that, as part of efforts to eliminate child labour, the Ministry has successfully launched the phase two of the national plan of action for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour.

Adding that, children are supposed to be aware of risks surrounding them, in order to be able to advocate on their own behalf. Saying, education about work hazards and risks, needs to start in school and continue through vocational training and apprenticeship programs. “It is essential if children are to be able to exercise their rights and voice out their concerns on anything they are confronted with.”

He said, improving the safety and healthy of young workers, will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) focuses on the global need to harness the safety and health of young workers and also to end child labour. It is dubbed: “Resist Child Labour, Improve the Safety and Healthy of Young workers towards Achieving SDG Goals 8.”

Madam Elizabeth Akanbombire, the Head of Child Labour Unit at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations lauded the Ministry for giving out Ghc500,000 from its budget to run the Unit, which to her,
dedicating money solely for the running of the unit is the first of its kind in the history of the Ministry.

She also intimated that, Ghanaian culture in one way or the other impedes on the fight against child labour, thus people hide behind their culture by taking the children through various degrees of hazardous works.

Emphasizing that “We have all helped our parents when we were children, therefore helping your parents is not bad, but the child should not do anything that can have negative implications on his or her health and also deprive him or her from schooling.”

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.

Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in 2015, include a renewed global commitment to ending child labour. Specifically, target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the global community to: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”

This year, the World Day Against Child Labour and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work which is scheduled to take place at Cape Coast in the Central Region, seeks to shine a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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