Phase II of National Plan of Action launched to combat Child Labor

Government has launched the Phase II of the National Plan of Action to combat Child Labor in the country. A joint collaboration between the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Employment and Labour Relations Ministry on Tuesday, May 9, 2018 launched the National Plan of Action (NPA) II in Okonam – Suhum.

This requires the participation of all relevant stakeholders in the country. The state and its anti-child labour agencies, the Private Sector players, the International Organizations, Civil Society, the Chiefs and Opinion Leaders among others in the various communities.

The Phase II of the National Plan of Action (NPA) to eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) offers a more comprehensive strategies and measures to address the entire child labour chain after Cabinet gave its approval. This was necessary following the success chalked after the implementation of the Phase l (NPA 1120092015).

During the implementation of the NPA I, more than 11,000 children, approximately one per cent of a total of 1.27 million children between the ages four and 17 years, were withdrawn from the worst forms of child labour while those at risk were prevented through direct action.

Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba

In her address, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba said that, Ghana was making all efforts in the fight against the child abuse menace in the country. She noted that, government is committed to fight child labour and trafficking since the two ‘evils’ go hand in hand to exploit our children.

“The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection commit here and now that, we will do our best to implement our part of the National Plan of Action and other child policies for the best interest of the children of Ghana, she assured.”

 

story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com _ mgadafi45@gmail.com

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