Ministry Launches Advocacy & Comm Strategy on Child Labor
The Ministry of Labor has launched the National advocacy and communication strategy which has been described as key in the dissemination of messages and measures aimed at fighting child labor in the country.
Speaking during the launch of the strategy on Thursday at the commemoration of the World day against child labor, responsible minister Agnes Nyalonje said the strategy will improve action against child labor in a country which has over 2 million children involved in labor according to the 2015 National statistical office survey.
Nyalonje said most of children involved in child labor are in the agricultural sector and that others are employed domestically
Said Nyalonje: "The strategy is designed to bring more power to the advocacy and improve action against child labor, currently the national statistical office is conducting a survey in child labor from that of 2015 when it was revealed that more than 2 million children were in child labor but now we understand the numbers might have gone up
So this strategy is aimed Is designed to bring order and to make sure that we are able to reach as many people as possible with messages because its only when every one of us takes part that we can end child labor"
Save the children Malawi Senior areal operations and humanitarian Manager for central and northern region Steve Kantimaleka hailed the ministry for coming up with the strategy describing it as a milestone in the fight against child labor.
Kantimaleka applauded government on the work its doing and in providing space for non state actors to work in conducive environments in fighting child labor which has a negative impact on the education of children.
Said Kantimaleka: "This is the right time the ministry has launched the strategy, so we will support government to ensure that we popularise the strategy as you are aware launching a strategy can be easy but the work lies on implementation"
Save the children Malawi with Plan Malaŵi are some of the organizations in the 'Joining forces alliance ' and are implementing activities to end child labor in the districts of Lilongwe and Ntchisi.
Meanwhile International Labor Organization(ILO) technical officer Gracious Ndalama while commending the ministry for coming up with the strategy , urged government to improve law enforcement if the country is to win the war against child labor.
Said Ndalama :" The most important thing is law enforcement ,laws are there the employment act is there and recently government abolished the tenancy system which was fueling child labor but what we really need now is law enforcement so different organizations, government departments including law enforcers are supposed to come together and address the problem"
This years World Day Against Child labor was commemorated under the theme 'Social Justice for all, End child labor'.
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