World Day Against Child Labour is observed on 12 June every year across the world. It was introduced in 2002 by the International Labour Organisation.
A child becomes the pride and joy of its parents from the minute he or she is born, and is given every bit of love and support that it needs. If a child is given proper nourishment and receives good education, he or she can grow up to be a responsible member of the society. But sometimes a child is denied all the good things of life, like loving parents, good education, proper food and most importantly, freedom to just be a child.
For World Day Against Child Labour this year, the focus is, “COVID-19 – Protect children from child labour now, more than ever”. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns to check its spread are pushing the poor to the brink and children are among the worst sufferers.
One of the biggest economic fallouts of coronavirus is the impact on livelihoods. Experts fear that this can push millions of underprivileged children into child labour.
According to ILO’s data, hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are involved in work that deprives them of receiving an adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating this way their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour. These worst forms of child labour include work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.
Africa ranks highest among regions both in the percentage of children in child labour — one-fifth — and the absolute number of children in child labour — 72 million.
Poverty is one of the main reasons for child labour because of which childrens are forced to leave their school and opt for minial jobs to support their parents for their livelihood.Moreover, some are forced into child labour by organised crime rackets.
This Day not only focus on the suitable environment required for the children to grow and prosper but also provide an opportunity to gain support from governments, civil society, schools, youth, women’s groups and media to participate in the campaign against child labour.

The theme of World Day against Child Labour 2019 is “Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams”
The theme for World Day against Child Labour 2018 is “Generation safe and Healthy”.
The theme for World Day against Child Labour 2017 is “In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour”.
The theme for World Day against Child Labour 2016 is “End child labour in supply chains – It’s everyone’s business!”
The theme for World Day against Child Labour 2015 is “NO to child labour – YES to quality education!”.

Several organisations, ILO etc. are making efforts to curb the child labour. But we should also be responsible and take our duties to help in eliminating the child labour. It is correctly said that the child that comes out of child labour comes to know his or her potential and self worth. They began to enjoy life, human rights and live a dignified life. No doubt such children will also contribute in the economic and social growth of the country and also of the world.
Children are the future of the country!
Evangelist Billy Graham said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”

Stop Child Labour!
Protect the right of children!
Educate them!
Support them!

Compiled from Google

Published by Ebun-Olorun Olubunmi

Ebun-Olorun Olubunmi is a nurse by profession who is passionate about delivering sustainable health services using direct and virtual means

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