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AMA:Omanjor educated on dangers of child labour
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The Social Mobilization Partners against Child Labour in collaboration with the Ghana Journalist Association on Thursday organized an event to create awareness on the dangers of child labour in the Omanjor community, a suburb of Accra.
The Omanjor community is a quarry environment where stone quarry was mined and many children are employed in the process.
The event which was to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour which fell on June 12 this year was on the theme: “Human Rights and Social Justice: Let’s End Child Labour.”
This year’s occasion was to provide a spotlight on the rights of children to be protected from child labour and from other violations of their fundamental human rights.
Mr Emmanuel Kwame Mensah, representative of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, (IPEC) at the International Labour Organization, Ghana Office told the Ghana News Agency that child labour was everybody’s responsibility.
He said parent have a critical role to play to ensure that their children were not used in the activities that would hinder their physical and psychological development.
Mr Mensah said the introduction of the National Plan of Action on the elimination of child labour and the adoption of international conventions by the country is among the strides Ghana has made to eliminate the problem.
He called for the consistent implementation of the plan for the desired result and commended the media for their role and support in the fight against child labour in Ghana.
Mr Albert Akpabli, an Opinion Leader in the community, expressed gratitude to the organisers for bring such an event to the community to educate its members.
He appealed to government to extend some of the social intervention programmes such as school feeding, capitation grant and free school uniform to the area.
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