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  • On Friday, June 12, Jamaica will join the rest of the world in observing World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) under the theme: ‘NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education’.
  • As part of activities, the Child Labour Unit in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is collaborating with the Child Development Agency (CDA) to host a series of community consultations across the island.
  • The first consultation was held on Monday, June 8 in Cambridge, St. James during which an assessment of the socio and economic conditions in that area was done.

On Friday, June 12, Jamaica will join the rest of the world in observing World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) under the theme: ‘NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education’.

As part of activities, the Child Labour Unit in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is collaborating with the Child Development Agency (CDA) to host a series of community consultations across the island.

“We decided to combine the observation of WDACL with the work that we’re doing to address child poverty and other child protection issues that are the main causes of the persistence of child labour,” said Director for the Child Labour Unit, Marva Pringle-Ximinnies.

The first consultation was held on Monday, June 8 in Cambridge, St. James during which an assessment of the socio and economic conditions in that area was done.

A National Consultation on the Elimination of Child Poverty in Jamaica will be held on June 12 at the Church of God of Prophecy Convention Centre in Old Harbour, St. Catherine. Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is expected to deliver the main address.

Mrs. Pringle-Ximinnies said that coming out of the consultations, it is hoped that there will be increased collaboration among community groups to tackle the issue of child labour.

“What we’re desirous of seeing is …greater collaboration between the parish development committees and the child protection committees because they are community-based organisations and part of what we believe is necessary, is for the community to take greater responsibility for some of these issues that we are experiencing,” she said.

Mrs. Pringle-Ximinnies is urging all Jamaicans to be vigilant and protect any child, whom they suspect, may be a victim of child labour, by calling 1-888- protect to report such cases.

According to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) study on the long-term impact of child labour, prior involvement in child labour is associated with lower educational attainment and later in life with jobs that fail to meet basic decent work criteria.

The report also said that an estimated 168 million children are involved in child labour, with children aged five to 14 accounting for 120 million of that figure.