More than 1,600 children have been rescued from various forms of child labour in the Central Region under the auspices of Challenging Heights, a Non -Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Winneba.
Founder of the organization Dr. James Kofi Annan who confirmed this to the media, revealed that his outfit has been working in the area of Child Labour and Child Trafficking for the past 16 years and supported over 3,000 Children from various forms of Child Labour situations as well as supporting their families.
At an event to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, he called on the government to step up its efforts at addressing community vulnerabilities and economic inequalities as well as addressing the issue of climate change.
“What we are seeing unfortunately is that, Child Labour is linked to weak economics and vulnerabilities” he revealed
The President of the Challenging Heights, Madam Victoria Wunake in her address mentioned that thousands of children in Ghana are estimated to be trapped in child Labour in quarries, mining, head porterage, domestic servitude, farming as well as commercial sex exploitation.
She was worried that over 21,000 children are caught up in Child Labour on the Lake Volta fishing business alone.
Madam Wunake stated that, in 2016, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated that there were 152,000 children who were in Child Labour worldwide with 64,000 being girls while 88,000 were boys with Africa alone accounting for nearly 20% of the total global figures.
On his part, the Central Regional Programme Head of Child Rights Promotion and Protection of Department of Social Welfare, Daniel Wallace Acheampong called on general public to join hands to end Child Labour in the country by helping the children to become great person in future but not into hard labor.
He expressed sadness that some parents give birth to 10 to 20 children which according to him, are recipes for Child Labour and appealed to the parents to give birth to number of children they can cater for.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Asana Gordon/2021.