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Please Stop the Child Labour-DCE

2007-06-28 20:19:31
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Mr. Sabastian .T. Bisnab, District Chief Executive, for the Talensi Nabdam District, in the Upper East Region, has appealed to parents and traditional authorities to support the Assembly in eliminating all forms of child labour in the district.

He expressed regret that about 70 per cent of children in the district were still engaged in the worst forms of child labour at the expense of their education and development.

Mr. Bisnab said these at the celebration of this Year’s World Day Against Child Labour, jointly organised by the District Assembly and Afrikids-Ghana, a child-related non-governmental organisation, at Tongo in the district.

The celebration was under the theme " Harvesting for the Future-Agriculture without Child Labour" was aimed at promoting the rights of the child.

Mr. Bisnab said despite the numerious good policies initiated by the Government to motivate parents to send their children to school, some of them continued to engage in small scale mining, Kayaye, agriculture and other economic activities.

He cited the Capitation Grant, Metro Bus System and the Ghana School Feeding Programme as some of government policies aimed at encouraging parents to send their children to school..

He said children had the right to education and development and nothing should be done to deprive the right.

Mr. Bisnab said " it is criminal, punishable by law for parents and guardians to engage children in all forms of labour and offenders could even be prosecuted for the abuse of this right."

He said the Assembly, support by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and some NGOs have initiated interventions including the registration of 199 children who were in the worse forms child labour for their rehabilitation.

Mr. Bisnab said community child labour and District Labour Committees have also been formed to tackle the worse forms of child labour in the district.

Mr. Bisnab announced that two other schools in the district would be included in the School Feeding Programme by the end of next month, and by the close of the year, ten more schools would have benefited from the programme.

Mr. Badza Wilson, the District Focal Person against the Worse forms of Child Labour, hinted that out of the 138 districts, which submitted proposals on child labour to the ILO, the Talensi Nabdam District was among the twenty districts whose proposals were approved.

He said the Assembly had been directed by ILO to work in communities including Pwalugu, Gbeogo, Kaare, Gbane, Datuko, Duusi, Nangodi, Accra, Tarkwa and Obuasi.

The Director of Afrikids-Ghana, Mr Nicholas Kumah attributed worse forms of child labour partly to the poverty.

He therefore, appealed to the Assemblies and other financial institutions to support parents especially women with micro credit to enable them to undertake viable economic


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