Deputy Labour Commissioner, Wafwile Musukwa, has said one key level that can substantially reduce the rate of child labour is the level of economic development.
Speaking during the final day of the 2-day seminar on child labour elimination on Friday, Musukwa said child labour is a big task to eliminate, starting from causes and fight poverty in most families.
“In our view as government we take child labour seriously because parents and guardians will need enough resources to look after the children. These should be provided so that that they would not go to look for piece works in order to find food or clothing.
“We need corroboration and consented efforts, we should avoid the blame game and always work together,” he said.
Musukwa also said during the seminar, they discussed a lot of issues that highlighted child labour issues and that it is clear that child labour is a complex issues starting from causes.
He said the major problem is poverty and the issue of fighting poverty is not primary responsible of the Ministry of labour, it is the responsibility of Ministry of finance.
“We will find that there is a close relationship between child labour and education, most of child labour is in Agriculture and that area is for their ministry and that means it is important for the ministries to ensure that there is proper inter ministerial cooperation and coordination in working together to combat child labour” Musukwa said.
He explained that the ministry will be presenting the child labour Policy to the Office of the President (OPC), for consideration by the cabinet.
The Policy seeks to strengthen illegal and regulatory framework, enhance the fight against HIV/AIDS as they relate to child labour.
This is so because most of child headed households end up in child labour, thus the fight against child labour needs concrete information so that interventions are very focused and a collection of child labour up to date.
Child labour elimination seminar was held at the Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in Lilongwe.–ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :