To mark this year World Day Against Child Labour, the Queen of Izon-Ibe, Miss Elizabeth Tonghan yesterday embarked on sensitization campaign against child labour in Ogulagha community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
The sensitization campaign which was in collaboration with Potoki Rural Development Initiative was to enlighten and warn rural dwellers dangers in Child labour.
According to the Queen, Ogulagha community was chosen for the sensitization campaign because research shows larger percentage of child labour are found in the rural settings and informal urban economy where children are forcefully employed by their parents
“A big percentage of child labour is found in the rural settings and informal urban economy where children are forcefully employed by their owner or parents. Globally over 1.5 billion people live in places that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disaster every year. A third of them are children.
“A significant proportion of children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. The international labour organization (ILO) Launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it”, she added.
Miss Izon-Ibe in accompany of Ogulagha community leaders, women, and youths moved round the community with placards carring inscriptions such as: ‘No hawking during school hours’; ‘Protect child development, stop child labour’ etc.
She said research further shows that low family income, poor schooling opportunities, high population rate, illiteracy amongst parents are responsible for Child labour in the rural area.
According to her, Children are the future of the country so must not be laboured by the elderly ones.
She added that education, which is there birthright must be given to them without any denial.
Those who attended the sensitization campaign include prominent Ogulagha leaders, women and youths.