Protect chidren of school going age from economic activities
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in June 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
The day is marked on June 12 every year to bring together governments, civil society,
workers, organisations and communities to advocate a future of work without children.
Making a statement in an address read on his behalf at Nayorku in the West Mamprusi District in the Northern Region,
to mark this year's World Day Against Child Labour in the region, the Executive Director of Regional Advisory and Information Network Systems (RAINS),
a Tamale-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mr Hardi Tijani, advised parents to refrain from the practice of engaging their
children of schoolage in economic activities since that would affect their development and survival in future.
He said it had become a common practice particularly among some parents in rural communities, to engage their children of school age in economic ventures,
thereby denying them education and shattering their dreams in life.
For his part, the West Mamprusi District Director of Social Welfare and Community Development,
Mr Abdul-Wahabu Ibrahim, said it was criminal to engage children of school age in any form of economic activity.
He added: “It is wrong and criminal for any child of school- age to engage in economic activities that will affect his or her survival and development.”
He, therefore, called on parents to be responsible by providing food and the essential needs of their children without engaging them in labour.
In his remarks, the West Mamprusi District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr David Wuni, said the best way to end child labour was to monitor
to check the supply chain of businesses that engaged children as agents of mobilisation, production and distribution.
He said it was about time parents recognised child labour as a form of slavery and an abuse of the rights of their children.
(Graphic Online; June 20, 2016)
NGO give skills to training to youth in Northern Ghana
The Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS) is giving
skills training to 200 youth in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality and the West Mamprusi District to ensure they earn decent living conditions.
The beneficiaries who are being trained on vocations of their choice such as dress making, carpentry, mobile
phone repairs and barbering would be given a startup capital to start their businesses after six months to two years in training.
Mr Hadi Tijani, Executive Director of RAINS who was addressing the launch of the Vocational Skills Training
in Walewale in the West Mamprusi District said the training was a component of the Childhood Regaine Project that the NGO was implementing.
The project is being funded by Comic Relief of UK and implemented by RAINS, a nongovernmental organisation operating in the region.
Mr Tijani said beneficiaries are 15 years and beyond and are mostly school dropouts who would otherwise have no better future without the capacity building.
He said skills acquisition is a means for economic independence for the youth. He said the Childhood Regained Project focuses on promoting child rights, reducing child labour and
exploitation in rural communities in the region. He said the second phase of the project spans 2014 to 2017.
Mr Tijani said the project aims at empowering local community structures to effectively promote positive
change that would enrich the lives of beneficiaries and their communities using a multidimensional approach.
Mr David Awuni, West Mamprusi District Chief Executive said vocational skills acquisition is a sustainable
means of providing jobs for the teeming youth who are unemployed in the country and commended RAINS for the initiative.
He noted that the government would soon enrolled many of its youth employment models that have been with held over the period.
(Ghana News Agency; October 4, 2015)
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