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As part of efforts marking the World Day Against Child Labour, a media launch of the has been organized under the auspices of the Ministry Of Employment and Labour Relations in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations and Ministry of Education – Ghana Education Service and ILO IPEC to call on all especially the media to scale their efforts in sensitizing and educating the public as well as hold government accountable for results on the matter.
Mr. Stephen McClelland, Chief Technical Advisor, International Labour Organization (ILO), in his remarks at the media launch of the 2013 World Day against child labour in Accra on Friday 7th June 2013, said Ghana has pursued various programmes aimed at reducing Child Labour and its worst forms; however, the decline in the number of cases has been very slow. He, however, applauded Ghana for her commitment to the fight against child labour over the years by ratifying ILO conventions 183 and 182, and has approved convention 189- which we are yet to ratify.
June 12, will make it the 11th time Ghana is joining the rest of the globe to mark the day to combat the canker- this year “Ghana, Take Action Now! No to Child Labour in Domestic Work” is the chosen theme. It would be marked with various activities across the country to create awareness and attitudinal change among the citizenry as well as policy makers to incorporate child labour issues into their work policies. He said research estimates in total a number of 15.5 million children engaged in paid and unpaid domestic work in homes across the globe and these children are found to be exposed to various dangers, rights violations and deprivation of childhood liberties while growing up under restriction, hazardous and harsh conditions.
The 2001 Ghana Child Labour Survey (GCLS 2001) report of the Ghana Statistical Service published in 2003, estimates that 242,000 children are engaged in hazardous child labour and many of them are exploited in the large, unregulated traditional apprenticeship schemes. Although the report did not collect data on many Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL), there is evidence of large numbers of children working in areas such as domestic work- domestic labour is one of the very hidden forms of child labour- because its behind closed doors- domestic workers face extremely long hours of work, slave-like conditions, use hot and sharp object, inadequate food, inappropriate accommodation, no access to formal education and many more. He also mentioned that the onus of the media was to join in solidarity with the many children trapped in the canker, raise awareness on the issues and also make government account in ensuring the elimination of the worst forms of child labour. “The statistics are worrying…” he said and charged the media to intensify its education to change public attitude.
A speech read on behalf of Hon. Nii Armah Ashietey, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said the programme would set the tone for the country to decide its readiness to adopt the ILO Convention 189, which offers specific protection to domestic workers. He said the new convention laid down basic rights and principles and requires states to take a series of measures with a view to making decent work a reality for domestic workers.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection representative Mrs. Catherine Adu-Boadi acknowledge the presence of all partners in the fight against child labour especially the media. “…Child labour goes beyond being a development issue, presently- it is an issue of morality and health too…” she said. She noted that “…statistics available show child labour cases in Ghana were declining – its deceptive, we still have problems with child domestic workers in Ghana… What could be the issue? Have we relaxed or fail to do more to ensure the general elimination of Child Labour and its worst forms”. She attributed the slow in progress to poor parenting – saying that the family must care for children – and that this onus lies on the parents and society plays a complimentary role. One way of promoting and tackling Child Labour is educating the child- this will beat poverty and provide killed labour force for Ghana. She concluded by noting Ghana’s commitment to ensuring Children enjoy their rights and eliminating child labour and its worst forms by continuing to implement the National Plan of Action and scaling the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System. Also present were representatives from the Ghana Employers Association, and Trade Union Congress.
I smiled when I received the finished masterpiece and even better the link to the music video came through, It was indeed amazing work by the children and all who had helped make this possible; the coordinator of Curious Minds (Children and Youth In Broadcasting), Mr. Kingsley Obeng Kyereh -KOK for short and facilitators from the organization Binta Alhassan and Cecil Ato Kwamean Dadzie, with help from Edmund Laryea and Tabitha Naa Akuyea Addy…Ayekoo ee eee.
Of course yes to Musiga for hosting us all through the sessions and inspiring the Children – Prez. Obour I say Akpe ka ka ka ka….lols! Kyekyeku – for the love and time you dedicated through to expose these Children on Musical Instruments and how to compose and arrange songs well, Including you Sewor Okudzeto – I say God Bless You loads. I look forward to being on a track with you soon…
Curious Minds- Ghana has for 16 years worked with young people to advocate the rights and well-being of children and youth. The organization’s work is mainly media driven with a strong emphasis on Capacity Building, Advocacy, and Communication within a well-developed organization focusing on the Local, Regional and National levels. Curious Minds-Ghana believes in the ability and resourcefulness of young people to meaningfully contribute to issues related to their development.
In a bid to continue to ensure Children in deprived communities are supported in their academic work, the organization started an initiative to draw volunteers, mainly from SHS, Universities and Colleges of Education- from around Ghana to be part of the team teaching in these communities; the first move was successful in August 2011-thanks to all who joined in!
Join us in our resolve to help create an enabling world for all children through volunteering with us this August as we complement the efforts of teachers to enhance their academic capacity.
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2. Scroll down to the buttom of the page, spot document and click on Download (68 KB)
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Exercise books and other items are also welcomed… no offer is too small!
Yes, why would Children like Malik and Ayisha (all below age 10) be out of school and into labor that makes them not benefit from any school activity, puts their health and proper development at risk? Poverty still remains the number one cause of many of the world’s problems esp. Child Labor. MDG 1 proves it- eradicate extreme poverty? But even so, hasn’t poverty being around for long? Must we always point fingers at poverty when deny many children the right to education?
Socio- cultural misconceptions have also played a major role in putting kids like Malik and Ayisha in the state they are-out of school and as ‘Child-Adults’ fending for themselves and their families too, exposed to all sorts of Immoral act. One may argue by saying “isn’t it money the children put in school want to make? Why don’t they start now?” to them I say “Shame! When did it become the Childs responsibility to cater for the family?” again, “Don’t you know your ward can make more money after completing school? Don’t you know children have every right to be educated- learn much as their capabilities allow and share their knowledge and experience with others?” Lack of education on the part of some parents and community leaders also give way for the cankers’ occurrence, how? Educated people- Educate people; hope it’s clear enough to win you to my side of the argument. Let me ask you this question: “Wouldn’t institutional weakness in application of Laws against cankers such as Child labor encourage the menace?” okay, “and how can an under resourced institution be in a better position to fight such a canker?” You and I are partly to blame for this, know why? We have done virtually nothing to contribute to the halting of this menace, how much noise have we made about it, to whom and where? Till it stops, we must not keep mute- even if there’s a child left in labor!
It is sad many of these children repeat the act by sometimes involving other children if not theirs in the near future in Child labor- vicious cycle. Again it sure retards our progress as a nation and the world at large because we may end up not achieving MDG 1 and 2 which talks of eradicate extreme poverty and achieving universal basic/primary education, respectively, all by 2015? We are all involved, MDG 8 clearly states that fact, and it will take partnership at all levels to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) esp. at the Rural, National and Global levels! And guess what? We nag ourselves about high unemployment rates, forgetting that the jobs able-bodied grown folks would do are currently is the hands of children- endangering their un-fit for job bodies.
Like it or love it, we must all realize that Child labor is illegal and contravenes the laws of every country in the world. It’s also an infringement on the rights of the child (Survival, Development, Protection and Participation). Children who aren’t properly equipped get injured. It has a negative impact on the child- morally and psychologically.
I would like to remind us all that they have been interventions: ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), ILO Convention 182, Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL), Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) and Children’s Act 560 and many other legislative instruments worldwide.
I believe we can do more. What? Sensitization to promote attitudinal and behavioral change also -lets walk the talk by enforcing our laws, let’s strengthen Social Welfare Departments with qualified and dedicated staff, resources and many more to help them function as an Institution. Indeed ignorance of the law is no excuse; nevertheless, the laws must be made known! We can better fight this canker if we work together by strengthening collaborations between agencies that work to protect children’s rights to combat the worst forms of child labor. Build schools in labor prone areas and encourage every child to be in school and parent to get their children in school. Commitment of all; You and I, Parents, Leaders and children will help make this world a child labor free place.
I next spoke to a group of children who were from school and were on their way home, they said their TV or Radio stations would do entertainment all day, they would love to play their favourite songs and show their favourite movies, they mentioned quite a few, and believe me it was what they were much exposed to, probably. Two of the boys wanted Action movies and wrestling on their networks, they literally said they learn some fighting moves and use them on their friends whenever they fight i.e. a punch in the face or kick in the groin (fatal moves). Some of them also wanted Sports on their Stations; they equally wanted their peers to host many of the programs on their Stations. Cartoons/Animation was definitely on the program menu of another group of children, they said they would dedicate a station solely for that. Other children I spoke to had no idea what they would do if they owned a TV or Radio Station, I don’t know why, but they left my questions unanswered and shy.
My curiosity landed me in a household in Osu-Accra, where I saw an out-spoken girl who was ever ready to grant me the interview, Hannah was her name, “Hannah Coleman” she insisted I called her such, she is 10 years and is a student of Aggrey Memorial international School, in class five (fifth grade pupil). Hannah also wanted her class-mates esp. best friends to host all of her TV and Radio programs, she felt they were the best to handle those programs; she mentioned news as her number one program on her own TV station, then Telenovelas, Hannah mentioned over 7 Telenovelas of which I had personally watched 2 and she could recall names of casts too. I was shocked! So was my Cordinator, Mr. Kingsley O. Kyere as he listened to the sound bites I had gotten from my interviewees.
Bottom line? Children are discerning-they know what is on-all around them. Let’s not forget, Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) gives children the right to access the media with utmost responsibility. Are most children exposed to the right information esp. from the media? Secondly, Do these Scenes (nude and Violent) and Strong languages ensure a child’s development? Why aren’t movies rated? Who’s responsible for what gets on TV or on Radio? Where is the National Media Commission (NMC), what’s their role in this? Where do parents and older siblings come in? Am asking many questions right? They demand answers! Okay what do you personally think about this issue? I would be glad if you leave a comment. Thanks!