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Let the world say a big NO to child labour

Let the world say a big NO to child labour

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first World Day against Child Labour in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of these children. The day is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.There are about 2.2 billion children in the world, the majority of who live in extreme difficulties.

So, on the home front, one could find under-age quarry stone crackers, shoe-shiners, fitters, cart pushers, sand miners, prostitutes, domestic hands, farm helps and even factory labourers. It should be understood that strenuous work ruins children's physical development.The Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children has a comprehensive plan that is tailored to improve the lives of children in the country. Its Children Development Section has monitors and evaluates progress of the Children Development Policy.

It seeks to implement the requirements of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child to which Tanzania is a signatory.The nation fights customs and traditions that inhibit the growth and development of children and advocates for policies and laws that aim at eradicating such bad practices Hundreds of millions of children in the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights.

Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.The UN has often cautioned against the atrocities exacted on hapless children in Africa's numerous armed conflict zones. Armed conflicts in some parts of Africa have seen more than 100,000 child soldiers wielding guns that are unbearably heavy to them.

They kill or get killed in action. Recent history has seen child soldiers being extensively recruited and deployed on battlegrounds by governments and rebel groups in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We need to stick to code of ethics  and conduct for public service

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has expressed concern ...

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