GOV’T,UNICEF, AND PLEDGE GHANA,LAUNCH A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT TO COMBAT CHILD LABOUR

GOV'T,UNICEF, AND PLEDGE GHANA,LAUNCH A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT TO COMBAT CHILD LABOUR

The Economy of a country is hinged on the capacity of its human resources. Child labour prevents children from
acquiring quality education and is detrimental to their health and proper development. Today, it is estimated that
more than one out of every five children in Ghana (21.8%) is involved in child labour. This is both a violation to their
constitutional rights and a critical leakage to accelerated national development. Child labour is a decent work
deficit. It is not acceptable.
The government of Ghana is committed to the elimination of child labour, especially the worst forms. The country
was the first to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and has ratified all key Conventions of child
labour notably the ILO Conventions on Minimum Age (C138, 1973) and on Worst Forms of Child Labour (C182,
1999). The country also has a comprehensive legal framework including the 1992 Constitution, Children’s Act,
1998 (Act 560), Child Rights Regulation, 2002 Human Trafficking Act, 2005 (Act 694) and the Criminal Code
(Amendments) Act, 1998 (Act 554) and its Amendments.

In other to eliminate Child Labour upright from the Country ,especially Ashanti and Upper West regions ,Non- Governmental Organization PLEDGE Ghana in partnership with UNICEF, in supporting by the Government of Ghana have Launched a technical assistance project called “To combat Worse Forms of Child Labour”to deal with Child Labour challenges in 20 Communities in 10 MMDAs in Ashanti and Upper West regions of Ghana.

According to UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Antoine Deliege , currently it estimated that over 2 million children are engaging in child labour activities and 50% are working in hazardous conditions, which deprive the right of the children from childhood, potential and dignity.

He commended the government effort through policy implementations to help end child labour crisis in the country.

He stated that ,UNICEF in collaboration with its partners will find amicable solution to the root cause of the canker that impeding the right and freedom of Africa Children ,especially Ghana.

The Director of Social Welfare Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly ,Mrs. Esther Apraku Nyarko explained that ,the department of social welfare will empower its staff through skills training to help government, civil society organizations ,and international community societies who focus and vision is to combat worse forms of child labour by 2025 towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Source: Koowaa.com/Kwame Baffoe Agyekum

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