“Enact enforceable laws to protect us against child labour” – KRACHI West children

By Lorlornyofm July 19, 2019 06:27

“Enact enforceable laws to protect us against child labour” – KRACHI West children

School pupils of the Krachi West District of the Oti Region have called on Parliament to come out with stringent legislations to protect them from child labour and all forms of violence against children.

They also appealed to the authorities, the law enforcement agencies, parents, guardians and child advocates to do more to help enforce the laws to protect children from abuse and exploitation by inconsiderate adults.

This was made know at this year’s national day against child labour at Kete Krachi, organized by the Krachi Cluster of World Vision Ghana (WVG), which has been at the center of efforts to end the canker in Krachi East and West districts.

The event was marked at Kete Krachi, where the use of children in hazardous economic work and ventures such as fishing on the Volta Lake, petty trading, night works as well as farming instead of being at school occurs.

About 300 pupil went on a brass band procession through Kete Krachi main streets, holding placards some of which read, ‘Love The Child’, ‘The Right To Quality Education’ and ‘Child Labour Is A Crime’ to mark the day.

Miss Huzzaima Yakubu, a Kete Karachi D.A. Junior High School pupil, in a message on behalf of his peers, said child labour is one of the major abuses children face adding that exposition of children to all forms of serious hazardous work- child trafficking, child prostitution and offering children for illicit activities must be condemned in no uncertain terms.

“We call on Parliament to come out with laws to protect us and other children from the practice to save and protect our future”, she said.

Mr Sasu Brako, World Vision Education Programme Officer for Krachi Cluster, said the district still faces various forms of child labour involving hazardous work including fishing on the lake throughout the night, exceeding eight continuous hours, and carrying heavy loads exceeding 25 kilograms.

He reminded state partners and other stakeholders not to mark the day as an event, but as a process of drawing on previous celebrations to create synergies to help improve the realization of the right of children against labour under national laws and international treaties.

Mr Douglass Ntim Osei, Krachi West District Chief Executive (DCE), in a speech on his behalf by Mr Prince Latif Oyekunle, his Deputy Co-ordinating Director, commended World Vision and partners for its effective promotion of the campaign against child labour in the area.

He said despite these successful efforts, child labour, abuse and exploitation of school children is still being practiced by some recalcitrant residents, saying some children also work on Wednesday markets at Kete Krachi instead of being in school.

Mr Osei said the Assembly would continue to support WVG to reduce if not eliminate the canker from the area.

Nana Attah Kpebu I, chief of Gyengyen, chairing the function on behalf of the Krachiwura, Nana Mprah Besemuna IV, described the event as very thought-provoking and stressed the need for the presence of many parents and guardians in subsequent programmes to grasp the message on the effects of child labour and its ramifications.

The Vision Kids Club from Kadentwe, enacted the activities of a Child Parliament on Ending Child Labour, followed with a choreography by Kpatchu Royal Kids, touching on the overview of Child Labour across the country, its causes, effects and solutions.

The dignitaries and key stakeholders signed a declaration in support of the ending ‘Child Labour Now Campaign’ being undertaken by WVG in the area.

The National Day against Child Labour was initiated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations and subsequently launched in June, 2002 and this year’s event was held under the theme: ‘Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields but on Dreams’.


By Lorlornyofm July 19, 2019 06:27
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