MEDIA LAUNCH OF 2018 WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR

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MEDIA LAUNCH OF 2018 WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR

The Child Labour Unit under Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has today launched world day against child labour under the theme “Resist Child Labour ! Improve the Safety and Health of Young Workers towards achieving SDG goal 8”.
A synopsis paper released by the Child Labour Unit indicated that child labour is an affront to the fundamental human rights of children and a threat to their wellbeing.

According to the release, Child labour is a serious international issue attracting the attention of international and national Governments and local communities and other relevant development.
It further noted that across the world, about 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are in employment and among them, 152 million are victims of child labour; almost half of them, 73 million work in hazardous child labour.
In absolute terms, according to the release , almost half of child labour thus 72.1 million is found in Africa.
The Head of the Unit , Madam Elizabeth Akambambire, in an interview with the media reaffirmed that, the recent Ghana Labour Force Standard Survey(GLSS 6) showed that 21.8% , representing 1,982, 553 children ages between 5 to 17 years out of over 8 million are engage in child labour.

The Head of the Unit explained that not all work done by children should be considered as child labour and that children participating in a work that does not affect their health and personal development or interfere with their schooling is acceptable.
“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”, she hinted.
She was of the view that Ghanaian culture one way or the other impedes the fight against child labour, adding, people hide behind their culture and lead the children through hazardous work.
The Head of the Child labour Unit however commended the Government for given Ghc500000 to run the Unit and according to her this is the first time a government has dedicated money solely for the running of the Unit.
As part of the celebration of 2018 World Day Against Child Labour , which falls on every June 12, the Unit will organize National Durbar on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and there are all kinds of media engagement going on.
The Child Labour Unit under Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has today launched world day against child labour under the theme “Resist Child Labour ! Improve the Safety and Health of Young Workers towards achieving SDG goal 8”.
A synopsis paper released by the Child Labour Unit indicated that child labour is an affront to the fundamental human rights of children and a threat to their wellbeing.

According to the release, Child labour is a serious international issue attracting the attention of international and national Governments and local communities and other relevant development.
It further noted that across the world, about 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are in employment and among them, 152 million are victims of child labour; almost half of them, 73 million work in hazardous child labour.
In absolute terms, according to the release , almost half of child labour thus 72.1 million is found in Africa.
The Head of the Unit , Madam Elizabeth Akambambire, in an interview with the media reaffirmed that, the recent Ghana Labour Force Standard Survey(GLSS 6) showed that 21.8% , representing 1,982, 553 children ages between 5 to 17 years out of over 8 million are engage in child labour.

The Head of the Unit explained that not all work done by children should be considered as child labour and that children participating in a work that does not affect their health and personal development or interfere with their schooling is acceptable.
“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”, she hinted.
She was of the view that Ghanaian culture one way or the other impedes the fight against child labour, adding, people hide behind their culture and lead the children through hazardous work.
The Head of the Child labour Unit however commended the Government for given Ghc500000 to run the Unit and according to her this is the first time a government has dedicated money solely for the running of the Unit.
As part of the celebration of 2018 World Day Against Child Labour , which falls on every June 12, the Unit will organize National Durbar on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and there are all kinds of media engagement going on.

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