Government remains committed to end child labour

Written by on June 12, 2021

Government says ending child labour remains its priority because child labour reinforces intergenerational poverty, threatens national economies and undercuts rights guaranteed by the convention on the rights of the child. Ministry of labour and social security permanent secretary Chanda Kaziya says government will continue to work towards

strengthening integrated case management for child and family welfare and strengthening child justice for children in conflict with the law to guarantee the sustainability of child protection in various sectors.

Mr. Kaziya said this during the commemoration of child labour day under the theme ACT NOW: STOP CHILD LABOUR.

Mr. Kaziya says children in Zambia are engaged in child labour and worst forms of child labour in the areas of agriculture, mining and quarrying among others.

He says another worst form of vice which has become rampant in a number of areas in our country is early marriages.

And International Labour Organization (ILO) director George Okutho says in Africa, child labour has risen to 92 million translating into an increase of 20 million children in the last four years.

And Mr. Okutho has commended the Zambian government through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, for putting in place measures aimed at eliminating child labour in the country.

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