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Govt vows to end child labour

Govt vows to end child labour

THE government has vowed to take stern measures against people, who engage minors in child labour, adding that they deny them their basic rights including right to education.

Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Labour, Employment, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Patrobas Katambi said the government is committed to tackling the menace.

Speaking to reporters here recently, while marking the World Day Against Child Labour, Mr Katambi noted that the government was committed to eliminating the vice, especially the plight of children who are forced to work in tender ages.

 

"We will focus   our attention on the magnitude of the problem, actions and efforts needed to eliminate this vice," said Mr Katambi

 

The World Day Against Child Labour brings together governments, employers and workers organisations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what could be done to help them.

 

The Deputy Minister said the day should serve as a catalyst for the growing movement against child labour, adding that stern measures will be taken against those, who engage in the business.

 

Elaborating, Mr Katambi further said child labour causes social and psychological effects to children, thus the government was keeping a close eye on fighting the menace, including taking legal measures against the perpetrators.

 

He added: “As domestic workers, some have been going through a lot of hardships, some beaten, tortured, and raped by their employers and close relatives.”

 

Speaking during the event, Chairperson of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC), Ms Scholastica Pembe stressed the need for concerted efforts among stakeholders to fight the vice.

 

She said THRDC has more than 40-members in the Mainland and Zanzibar with the aim of safeguarding human rights including protecting children against child labour.

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