POST TIME: 13 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Call to work together to end child labour
World Day Against Child Labour observed
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Call to work together to end child labour

Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) forms a human chain in the capital yesterday in observance of the World Day Against Child Labour 2019. Photo: Courtesy

The ministry of labour and employment (MoLE) organised a human chain programme and consultation at DIFE yesterday to observe the World Day Against Child Labour-2019. Child Labour Improvements in Bangladesh (CLIMB) project of INCIDIN Bangladesh supported the programme, says a press release.

Sakeun Nahar Begum NDC, additional secretary of the ministry, was the chief guest while human rights lawyer Advocate Salma Ali was the special guest. The consultation was chaired by Md Joynal Abedin, inspector general, Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), while AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, presented the key-note paper.

The representatives of ILO, NGOs, trade unions, media and INGOs attended the event alongside the government representatives. AHM Zaman Khan represented Winrock International, Mohammad Obaidul Haque from Save the Children International, Shabira Nupur from World Vision and ZM Kamrul Anam from BLF addressed as designated panel discussants.

AKM Masud Ali, executive director, INCIDIN Bangladesh, mentioned that Bangladesh had successfully halved the number of working children (from 7.90 million it fell to 3.45 million) and child labour (from 3.38 million it fell to 1.70 million) in the last decade.  

As most of the child labour is found in the informal sectors of the economy, the legal tools are not adequate to regulate child labour in these sectors. The safety-net programmes of the government need to reach these children and the households of the children who are either child labour or vulnerable to child labour.

Meanwhile, the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Bangladesh Country Director Tuomo Poutiainen said Bangladesh is progressing well in its journey to become a middle-income country and major efforts have been made to address child labour.

He said this in a press release yesterday marking World Day Against Child Labour 2019.

In that press release, he urged Bangladesh to ensure access to social protection programmes—and quality education—for decent work and the effective elimination of child labour.

Tuomo Poutiainen said, “We cannot achieve decent work for all without the elimination of child labour. It is important for us to continue providing basic education, and skills training to the youth. We also need to provide the youth with safer jobs.”

“The ILO’s experience in tackling child labour has shown us that a combination of legislative regulations, a progressive labour market, youth employment policies, access to social protection programmes, and quality education; these all are required for the effective elimination of child labour,” he added.