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Child labour can be combatted with education opportunities

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy stressed that child labour can only be combatted with the availability of educational opportunities. Speaking at the leadership seminar at the Kshatriya Hall in Labasa the Education Minister said that child labour was an escalating problem faced by all societies across the world. REDDY:  “The […]

Salote Qalubau

June 14, 2016 12:18 pm

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy stressed that child labour can only be combatted with the availability of educational opportunities.

Education Minister  Dr. Mahendra Reddy. (DEPTFO)
Education Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy. (DEPTFO)

Speaking at the leadership seminar at the Kshatriya Hall in Labasa the Education Minister said that child labour was an escalating problem faced by all societies across the world.

REDDY:  “The misuse, exploitation and forced labour of children endanger their health, wellbeing, safety and innocence. Child labour denotes the fact that children who must be rightfully in school or engaged in play are removed from there and made to do work under subjugated environment. Many children are subjected worse, as apart from the work they do, they are also oppressed, ill-treated and punished during the work.”

He said that child labour was a contributing factor to low-waged household as these types of households disincentivise and reduce self-esteem for anyone in the household to up skill and seek high education, thus contribute more low waged households from these child labourers as they establish their families.

REDDY: “Unskilled and low paid workers, on equal footing with the male counterparts tend to be bullied not only at work place, but also at their homes, amongst their extended family members as well as their community groups. We need to up skill them and raise their earnings potential.”

“A combined effort from all stakeholders will inject that much needed enforcement and pro-action that is needed to eliminate the misuse of a child’s purity. The Bainimarama Government has time and again announced that the greatest investment of the government is towards education.”

Mr Reddy said the government intends to ensure that all Fijians are given equal opportunities and accessibility to get themselves educated.

The topics addressed at the seminar will include ending child labour in supply chains, an overview of relevant national laws, understanding child labour, its consequences and actions to eliminate child labour and leading actions to end child labour.

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