Child Labour
Child Labour

In Ghana the day was commemorated by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations under the theme, End Child Labour in Supply Chains in Ghana, Together we can.

Child Labour
Child Labour

Child labour is a global phenomenon, occurring in every region of the world. Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprive them of adequate education, health, leisure, and basic freedom.

The ILO estimates that globally there were over 168 million children aged 5-17 years involved in child labour in 2015, down from 215 million in 2012. The world as a whole has therefore made a significant progress in the fight against child labour. Data in our part of the world is not reliable, but it is estimated that over 1.3 million of those children still suffering today are in Ghana.

Articles 26, 27 and 28 of the 1992 Constitution elaborately outline the rights of children and the fact that they need to be protected from activities that may injure their future.

Article 28 (2) categorically states that “every child has the right to be protected from engaging in work that constitutes a threat to his or her health, education or development”.

Even as we commemorate the day, Ghana is still confronted with the sight of a number of children selling on the streets during school hours. Others can be found down mines, on cocoa plantations or locked away in private homes. Child Labour in the fishing industry on Lake Volta is one of the single most dehumanizing of all the situations.

We of Public Agenda think that it is time the country turned the tide of child exploitation and make sure that no child is sent to Lake Volta or made to labour on farm plantations when they are supposed to be in school. We need all stakeholders to speak out against child labour.

Public Agenda wishes to challenge Ghanaian parents and guardians to be alive to the above constitutional obligations and ensure that their children and wards are not unduly exploited by their engagement in dangerous and hazardous forms of labour.

There is the recognition that, because of our cultural heritage and socio-economic challenges, children cannot entirely be exempted from all forms of work, especially when some work actually contributes towards moulding their characters and making them responsible and disciplined personalities.

However, we wish to advise that the engagement of children in any form of work must be done in the most responsible manner to ensure that their future is not jeopardised.

Source: Public Agenda


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