4 July 2014

Ghana: Teachers and Community Memebrs Schooled to Eliminate Child Labour

press release

Ghanaians have been advised to form child protection committees to deal with child labour issues in their communities.

The suggestion was made by the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District Director of Education, Mr. Manfred Barton Oduro.

He was speaking at a workshop for teachers and community members on how to eliminate child labour and manage the basic schools. The workshop was organized as part of the International Labour Organizations (ILO) vision to eliminate child labour in the country. It was done in collaboration with the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District (THLDA) Directorate of Ghana Education Service (GES).

Mr. Manfred Barton Oduro said millions of boys and girls throughout the world were engaged in work that deprived them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedom and thus violating their right.

He emphasized that children's participation in work that did not affect their health and personal development or interfere with their schooling should be encouraged and these should be undertaken under the supervision of adults.

Mr. Barton Oduro added that "in dealing with child labour the communities should be encouraged to form child protection committees to deal with child labour issues.

He was hopeful that by the end of the deliberations the participants would be equipped with the needed skills and knowledge to strengthen education and address child labour issues in their communities.

Source ISD (Matilda Ansah)

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