Suva students commemorate World Day Against Child Labour

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial relations Parveen Kumar with ILO Pacific Director Donglin Li with students during the World Day Against Child Labour today at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: VILIMAINA NAQELEVUKI

ACCORDING to the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Development Program 152 million worldwide are victims of Child Labour.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industry Relations Parveen Kumar while officiating at the World Day Against Child Labour celebrations held at Albert Park in Suva today.

He said out of the total 88 million were boys and 64 million were girls.

“Children forced by their household circumstances or other factors to leave school prior to their 15th Birthday are less likely to find decent jobs and those who do find jobs take a much longer time to do so.”

He said however not all types of work carried by children were considered child labour.
“Engagement of work with children with no deterrence of their health and schooling is usually regarded positive,” he said.

The theme for this year’s celebrations children should not work on fields but on dreams.

Students from around the Suva area gathered with their teachers and staff of the Ministry to commemorate the occasion.

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