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National Committee on child labour to publish handbook

Child LabourThe National Steering Committee on Child Labour (NSCCL) is to publish a handbook to guide its operations.

The handbook would serve to educate and raise awareness on the activities of the committee to enhance the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in the context of the National Plan of Action (NPA).

Mr Barnett Quaicoo, a member of the Committee, announced this during a two-day workshop to review the committee’s operational modalities and to validate the NPA progress report in Accra on Wednesday.

The workshop was also aimed at coming out with mechanism for peer review of Ghana’s achievement in the elimination of child labour.

Mr Quaicoo said the handbook would document the committee’s mandate, roles and responsibilities, which could be accessible and assessable by stakeholders.

The NSCCL is the highest policy advisory body on child labour, comprising a multi-stakeholder national level institution with responsibility to oversee coordination of child labour interventions.

The committee also provides policy guidance to government on enforcement of the fundamental and constitutional rights of children to be protected from work that threaten their education, health and social welfare.

Nii Armah Ashietey, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said since the NPA came into being, it had significantly contributed to national goals in areas of education, poverty reduction and social protection.

He said having declared to be peer-reviewed; Ghana needs to put in more sustainable and co-ordinated work.

“l believed that with diligence as well as effective co-ordination and co-operation both internally and externally, Ghana can achieve its aim of eliminating child labour,” he added.

He called on the committee to work to ensure the timely, effective and efficient implementation of the NPA especially the lead institutions that signed the memorandum of understanding with the Ministry.

Source: GNA

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