165 m child workers worldwide - ILO
Colombo: Today is International Day Against Child Labour. The Labour
Relations and Manpower Ministry will observe this day by organising 50
awareness programmes for parents with the help of District Labour
Offices countrywide, the Ministry said in a press release.
The release said according to latest ILO statistics there were more
than 165 million children between the ages of five to 14 engaged in
child labour worldwide. The ILO declared an International Day Against
Child Labour in 2002 to muster world attention towards the need to
totally eradicate child labour. Accordingly, June 12 is observed as
International Day Against Child Labour.
According to the Women, Youth and Child Labour Act No. 47 of 1956
engaging of a child below 14 years in any kind of labour is a punishable
offence. Anyone flouting this regulation is liable for a fine not
exceeding Rs. 10,000 or a jail sentence not exceeding one year or both.
Furthermore the accused is liable to pay a sum decided by the Judge as
compensation to the abused child.
Today is Int'l Day Against Child Labour
World Day Against Child Labour which falls today will be marked by
events in many countries with a focus on the need to improve access of
children to education as the right response to child labour.
The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)
of the International Labour Office (ILO) says that of some 218 million
child labourers Worldwide, millions are either denied educational
opportunities that would give them a better future or must balance work
IPEC says this may be due to the costs involved, because their
families rely on them to work, or simply because there are no available
To tackle child labour, the ILO called on Governments to provide
education for all children at least to the minimum age of employment;
education programmes that reach out to child labourers and other
socially excluded groups helping to bring these children back into
education, and properly resourced and quality education and skills
training, with trained and professional teachers.