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    The Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) today June 12 2014 marked the World Day Against Child Labour by extending social protection in the bit to combat child labour through educating 45 children drawn from LEA primary and Junior Secondary School, both in Gwarinpa Estate.

    The World Day Against Child Labour was launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on this day June 12, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. The 2014 theme: “Extend social protection: combat child labour.”
    WOTCLEF joined the rest of the world in line with the 2014 theme in marking this year’s event by conducting a training session which lasted for close to 3 hours to equip the selected 45 children from respective schools with knowledge on child labour and ways of preventing, managing, reporting and seeking for social protection against situations that adversely affect children and exposes them to physical, social and economic risks.
    The session also covered topics like child trafficking, children’s rights and responsibilities, child abuse, peer pressure and essential life skills. The cross cutting nature of these topics with child labour made it imperative for them to be addressed.
    The children in reactions to the training prompted several question, one which was “is it good for a child to be sleeping by 12am and waking up by 5am, because of house work?” in response one of the facilitators told her “no it is not good and such cases can be reported for proper actions to be taken.”
    The children were enjoined to spread the information to their peers within and outside the school in other to robustly combat child labour.
    Group photographs and light refreshments wrapped up the event.

    Reported by:
    Samuel Egwurube

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