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ADVOCACY, SOCIAL MOBILIZATION AND CHILD LABOUR MONITORING SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE NSCCL TRAINED ON GCLMS.

As part of efforts to equip the National Steering Committee on Child Labour to function effectively in the cause to eliminate child labour, members of the Advocacy, Social Mobilization and Child Labour Monitoring sub-committee have received training on the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System. The two day event held at the Greenland Hotel in Swedru was officially opened by Mrs. Elionai Adu-Labi (AG, Chief Director, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations), she expressed appreciation for the opportunity to open the workshop aimed at equipping members of the sub-committee on the Advocacy, Social Mobilization and Child Labour Monitoring Child Labour to effectively offer technical advice to the district and community child protection committees.

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Mrs. Elionai Adu-Labi (AG, Chief Director, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations)
Interacting with Sub-Committee members.

She formally informed members of the presence of a new minister at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (then Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare) – in the person of Hon. Nii Armah Ashietey. It was her expectation that the forum would take the opportunity to highlight some of the challenges facing the execution of the pilot projects on the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS) tools and was hopeful that the challenges faced in the course of duty would inform decisions taken to provide effective solutions to address issues raised- “…this will guide the National Steering Committee in reviewing the GCLMS” she said. She acknowledged great strides made through collaborative efforts in withdrawing children from the worst forms of child labour and placing them in schools, equipping them with skills and parents trained and ensuring they are retained. She thanked donors for their consistent support in spite of the global economic and financial turbulence and members for being present to ensure Ghana’s children’s future development and growth.

Sub-Committee members of the Advocacy, Social Mobilization and Child Labour Monitoring in a picture with Mrs. Elionai Adu-Labi.

Sub-Committee members of the Advocacy, Social Mobilization and Child Labour Monitoring
in a picture with Mrs. Elionai Adu-Labi.

The Advocacy, Social Mobilization and Child Labour monitoring members were trained on the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System (GCLMS); processes and methodology, its priorities, components, indicators, highlight of its report on operations so far, limitations, and recommendations- Mr. Atukwei Sam Quaye, (GCLMS Coordinator, National Programme for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Cocoa) delivered the presentation. Mr. Anthony Awotwe of the Employment Information Branch also took participants through “labour inspection and GCLMS”- he shared with all the powers and rights of labour inspectors, obligation of labour inspectors, building partnership, the link between labour inspection and GCLMS .

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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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Law Enforcement Agencies Equipped On Child Labour

A regional workshop to promote collaboration, coordination and networking for national level law enforcement agencies on child labour opened yesterday in Accra.

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The purpose is to build capacity of law enforcement agencies and equip them on existing laws that protect the rights of children especially from child labour.

In a statement by Mr. Stephen McClelland, Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO-Ghana, he stated that data available indicated that one of every five children in the nation was a child labourer. He mentioned that Child Labour was reducing in some parts of the world but increasing in West Africa. He was hopeful that the training will go a long way to equip the agents and their agencies to contribute more towards reducing incidents of child labour in Ghana.

Mr. Eric Okrah

Mr. Eric Okrah (child protection Specialist), took participants through many of the legal frameworks; Local and International- binding Ghana, the ILO conventions 138 and 182, Criminal Offences Act, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, The African Charter on the rights and Welfare of the Child and others. He advocated the strengthening of enforcement agencies on Children’s rights. He noted that Ghana had many good policies and we needed to bridge the gap between ratifying and implementing, since it was a great challenge to the nation. He also mentioned the need to resource enforcement agencies and make provision for them in budgetary allocations.

Mr. Atukwei Sam Quaye

Mr. Atukwei Sam Quaye, Cordinator of the Ghana Child Labour Monitoring System also introduced participants to the system of Monitoring, Identifying, preventing, rescuing and rehabilitating children in some Child Labour prone areas, He took participants briefly through the process of collecting data, processing and analyzing and producing information on their monitoring, he also shared best practices and successes chalked over the years. He noted that the system had challenges and that they were being worked on especially at the data collection level.

Mrs. Elizabeth Akanbombire of the Child Labour Unit of Labour Department, under the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare presented concepts, incidence and child labour interventions in Ghana. She stated that Generic, Economic and Environmental Factors strongly determined and influenced the development of Children. She stated that Children acquire skills and a sense of responsibility that enhances their future as they do light work and entreated all to note the difference, and that Child labour “…is work performed by a person below age 18, which deprives the person his/her basic human rights and is abusive, hazardous, exploitative and harmful to the health, safety and development of the Child”. She shared estimates of Children in Labour, 2,474,545 children engaged in economic activities, 1,273,294 are engaged in child labour and 242,074 are engaged in hazardous work (according Ghana’s last Child Labour Survey in 2003).

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