On Tuesday June 12, 2018. Ghana will join the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Day against Child Labour (WDCAL) on the theme: “Resist Child Labour. Improve the Safety and Healthy of Young workers towards Achieving SDG Goals 8.”
The annual event was launched by the International Labour Organisation on June 12, 2002 as part of the global advocacy to highlight the plight of children in hard labour,also to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against the trend.
Recent statistics released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) indicates that many of the 168 million children globally engaged in child labour live in conflicts and disaster-affected areas where there is high risk of being killed, maimed and injured•
Across the world, about 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are in employment. Among them, 152 million are victims of child labour, almost half of them, 73 million, work in hazardous child labour. In absolute terms, almost half of child labour (72.1million) is to be found in Africa•
The recent Ghana Labour Force Standards Survey (GLSS6) released in August, 2014 showed that 21.8 percent, representing 1,982,553 children aged between 5-17 years out of over 8 million are engaged in child labour.
However, Ghana would join the member states of ILO to commemorate the WDACL under the theme “Resist child labour. Improve the Safety and Healthy of Young Workers towards achieving SDG 8″, would take place at Cape Coast in the Central Region .
The theme, calls for increased efforts by all stakeholders to support government to mobilise enough resources for the fight against child Labour across the country.
It also affirmed the commitment of government to ensure that the Ministry partnered other relevant institutions including Metropolitan, Municipal and District , Social Welfare, Police service, Assemblies, civil society organisations, and the media to mark the event throughout the country.
According to Dr. S. B. Amponsah, the Director of Special Duties, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations , to build a generation of safe and healthy children, preparation must begin early, starting with parental and community awareness.
He noted that for children to be aware of risks and enable them to advocate on their own behalf, education about work hazards and risks, needs to start in School and continue through vocational training and apparenticeship program.
He said it is essential if Children are to be able to exercise their rights and voice out their concerns anything they are confronted with the menace.
He mentioned that, to improve the safety and healthy of young workers will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) .
On her part,the Head of the Child labour Unit at the ministry of Employment and Labour relations,Madam Elizabeth Akambambire commended the minister for given out Ghc500,000 from the ministry budget to run the Unit and according to her this is the first time in the history of this country that. dedicated money solely for the running of the Unit.
She however stated 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.
“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 quizzed.
By: Aikins Agyei|Accra Mails