2015 World Day Against Child Labour
Children as we all know are often time helpless and vulnerable to vices and as such there is a need to raise their consciousness on their rights and obligations in order not to fall prey to exploitation/abuse and slavery-like practices.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 168 million children are trapped in child labour. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work. This persistence of child labour is rooted in poverty and lack of decent work for adults, lack of social protection, and a failure to ensure that all children are attending school through to the legal minimum age for admission to employment.
To mark this year’s World Day theme “No to Child Labour – Yes to Quality Education”, Caritas Nigeria worked with its 55 diocesan partners to implement sensitization activities to draw attention of parents, guardians, religious/community leaders and Nigeria at large, to this social ill against children.
Caritas Nigeria tried to focus its messages particularly on the importance of quality education as a key step in tackling child labour. Which was highlighted by ILO as being very timely, due to the fact that in 2015 the international community will be reviewing reasons for the failure to reach development targets on education and will be setting new goals and strategies
The World Day Against Child Labour was marked on 12 June, 2015.