Child labour
Child labour

The Phase II of the National Plan of Action (NPA) to eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) would be launched on May 8, following Cabinet’s approval.

A statement signed by Madam Charlotte Hanson, the Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, said the approval of the NPA II followed 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children, approximately one per cent of a total of 1.27 million children between the ages four and 17 years, were withdrawn from the worst forms of child labour while those at risk were prevented through direct action.

The statement said the NPA II aimed at consolidating the gains made during the implementation of the NPA 1, to replicate the good practices and lessons learnt over the years and to effectively and efficiently coordinate the various interventions to eliminate the WFCL, thereby reducing it to 10 per cent by 2021.

The NPA II would further combine the gains made under NPA 1 to re-enforce the linkages between the various child development policies and provide a vehicle for continued enforcement of the relevant policies and Laws.

The statement said it would continue to foster strong collaboration between partners and enhance the coordination of their actions and contribute to the realisation of the objectives of the Child and Family Welfare Policy (CFWP), by providing mechanisms for combating violence, abuse and exploitation of children.

In order to realise the dream, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between the Ministry and 36 institutions, expressing the cross-sectorial collaboration and partnership approach endorsed in the NPA II, the statement said.

In addition, it was designed to cement the multi-sectorial functional linkages and the synergies anticipated in the implementation and delivery of output, objectives and the desired impact of the NPA II.

“The move will also help contribute to the laying of strong social policy and institutional foundations for the elimination and prevention of all other forms of Child Labour in the longer term,’’ it said.

The ministries under the NPA II include the Employment and Labour Relations; the Interior; Chieftaincy, Culture and Traditional Affairs; Local Government and Rural Development; Gender, Children and Social Protection; Food and Agriculture; Fisheries and Aquaculture Development; Lands and Natural Resources; and Education with the Ghana Education Service.

The institutions under the NPA II consist of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, National Development Planning Commission, Parliamentary Select Committee on Social Welfare, Employment and State Enterprises, Judicial Service, National Health Insurance Authority, and Trades Union Congress.

Others are Organised Labour, Ghana National Association of Teachers, General Agricultural Workers Union, Ghana Employers Association, Ghana Cocoa Board, and Council for Indigenous Business Association, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, and Media Foundation of West Africa.

The rest are Social Mobilization Partners against Child Labour, Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child, Christian Council of Ghana, National Catholic Secretariat and Ghana National Catholic Bishops Conference, Federation of Moslem Councils, National Commission on Civic Education and Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition.

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