Gov't committed to ending child labourSaturday, June 12, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government is committed to eliminating child labour in Jamaica.
This message was reiterated by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Karl Samuda during the virtual launch for the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour yesterday, under the theme, 'Act now and End Child Labour'.
Speaking during the launch, Samuda said: “Jamaica will continue to work with national, regional and international partners to accelerate measures to achieve Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which speaks to the elimination of the scourge of child labour in all of it forms by 2025.”
According to reports, about 38,000 children, ages five to 17 are affected by child labour in Jamaica.
The minister also announced that the Child Labour Risk Identification (CLRI) Model will be implemented this year.
The CLRI was developed by the ILO and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and provides the opportunity for countries to take a proactive approach in addressing critical issues, such as child labour.
The model will be implemented in communities based on the finalisation of the profiles and vulnerability maps that are being generated.
Samuda further called on all stakeholders to partner with the ministry in its campaign to eliminate child labour under the theme 'Jamaica Says NO to Child Labour'.
The ILO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 2020 Global Estimates report which was released on June 10, show that approximately, 160 million children are engaged in child labour worldwide.
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