child labour

Swazi Govt Delays Opening Schools

Swaziland’s minister of education and training, Phineas Magagula, announces that the opening of all public and private schools would be delayed by a week.

In a statement sent to media houses, Magagula states that the postponement was due to 'ongoing national duties', a vague reference to the Incwala ceremony, considered by traditionalists to be the Swazi national prayer (also a reference to the annual weeding of the King's fields)

Child Labour Remains Rampant in Malawi

Ministry of labour expresses concern over continued child labour practices in the country despite government's and development partners' efforts to stamp out the malpractice.

Chief labour officer in the ministry, Paul Gondwe, states that the elimination of child labour remains a challenge in Malawi due to several factors such as poverty, social and cultural practices.

Gondwe warns that, “The vicious circle of poverty which has been worsened by HIV and AIDS impacts negatively on child wellbeing and development as in some cases children have to fend for themselves.”

Ailing Economy Fuels Child Labour - UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 13 percent of Zimbabwean children are engaged in child labour, due to the demise of the country's manufacturing sector.

Labour experts and economists state that parents and caregivers are forced to send their children to work in order to boost household incomes, following company closures, downsizings and retrenchments which led to the depletion of the manufacturing sector in that country.

Activists Networking Against the Exploitation of Children: Social Worker

Activists Networking Against the Exploitation of Children (Anex) is a nonprofit child right’s organisation that strives to develop instruments and programmes to combat and prevent exploitative and hazardous child labour practices.

Anex seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Cape Town.


Khulisa Management Services: Proposal and Communications Coordinator

Khulisa Management Services is a monitoring and evaluation consulting firm, offering specialised services in health, education and child labour in Africa.

Khulisa seeks to appoint a mid-level marketing individual as Proposal and Communications Coordinator, based in Johannesburg.

This is a full-time position in its New Business Development division.


NGO Tackles Rising Child Labour

A Zimbabwean NGO is working with local communities to eradicate rising child labour in the country, managing through a recent pilot project to remove some 350 children from the fields back into the classroom.

In an effort to promote what it calls child labour free zones, the Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe, says it has placed affected children in ‘bridge schools’ where they are housed temporarily.

Millions of Children Do Dangerous Jobs - ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that more than 115 million of the world's children and young teenagers, or more than seven percent of the total, are engaged in dangerous and life-threatening jobs.
The United Nations agency, which sets standards for employment around the globe, says in a report the industries involved range from mining and metalworking through farming and shoe-making to flower-growing and the banana industry.

World Day Against Child Labour: South Africa’s Forgotten Children

The 12 June global event attempted to shine a spotlight on the most exploitative and harmful forms of child labour, many which occur in South Africa.

Evidence of the active movement to protect children and end child labour can be seen in the large number of International Labour Organisation (ILO) policies and other legislation enacted over the past decade.

All this, however, has still not been enough to halt the exploitation of children in the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) category.

SWC Could Increase Child Labour – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the FIFA World Cup could see an increase in child labour linked to the ‘economic bonanza’ that will accompany it.

UNICEF child labour specialist, Aida Girma, points out that, “There is little experience in organising major international sporting events in settings where the number of poor and vulnerable children is so high.”

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