12 June 2018

Angola Steps Up Actions to Eradicate Child Labour

Luanda — Angola is strengthening actions to deal with child labour by taking measures that ensure the implementation of children's rights.

To attain this goal, the country through the Ministries of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security (MAPTSS) and Social Action, Family and Women Promotion (MASFAMU) have prepared a National Action Plan (PANETI 2018-2022).

The PANETI was presented on Tuesday in Luanda during a forum on "No to child labour: safe and healthy child protection" to mark the World Day Against Child Labour (June 12).

The meeting approaches the preventive policy strategies and a favourable environment for the harmonious development of children as means of eliminating child labour.

The event also coincides with the month of the child (June).

The project aims to increase access to education and vocational training programmes, suitable for children.

The scheme is also meant to map the zones and types of child labour in every country.

Addressing the meeting, the Secretary of State for Labour and Social Security, Jesus Moreira said that child labour is a phenomenon that put the child out of the shape.

Child labour also does not provide conditions to get rid of the situation like shortage and deprivation within family and Social life.

He also pointed to poverty as one of the main reasons that have led children to child labour.

The official called for commitment to fight poverty in the country.

Jesus Moreira slams the attitude of some employers who, according to him, accept children because they are unable to defend their rights.

National Statistics Institute (INE) data points to 25,830 children aged between 5 and 7 years as being involved in child labour from 2015 -2016.

Of this number, 13,117 are boys and 12,713 girls.

According to the ILO, child labour has become a source of income for families, especially those in poverty, with ages ranging from 5 to 14 years.

The ILO also notes that 218 million children in the world - 5 and 17 years - are engaged in economic production.

Of this figure, 152 million are child labour victims, 58 percent male (88 million) and 42 percent female.

In Africa, 72.1 million children are child laborers, ie one in five African children are victims of the same task.

The event is attended by the Secretary of State for Ministry of Social Action, Family and Promotion of Women, Ruth Mixinge, Unicef representative Giovanni D'Amato, among other guests.

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