The World Day against Child Labour-2019 was observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today with the theme ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’.
A meeting related to prevention of child labour was held at Hotel Warisan in Rajshahi city on Wednesday.
The meeting was organised marking the World Child Labour Prevention Day-2019.
‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’ was the main theme of the day.
Wave Foundation and Manusher Jonno Foundation jointly organised the meeting in association with UKaid.
Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, who addressed the meeting as the chief guest, said the present government with dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working relentlessly to protect the children from risky labour.
All the field level government and non-government organisations should supplement the government endeavor through contributing to this field.
He favoured for counseling, entertainment, opportunity to study beside work can ensure a child’s future life beautiful. We need to stop the ongoing malpractices against the children. More anti-poverty schemes can mitigate the problem, he added.
Chaired by former registrar of Rajshahi University Prof Abdus Salam the meeting was addressed, among others, by Deputy Director of Department of Social Services Rashedul Kabir, Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbraul Hassan Millat, Deputy Executive Director of Wave Foundation Anwar Hossain and Coordinating Officer (Child Rights) of Manusher Jonno Foundation Pabloo Neruda.
During her keynote presentation, Professor Murshida Ferdous Binte Habib from Department of Psychology in Rajshahi University put forward a set of recommendations on how to prevent child labour.
She told the meeting that the government identified 38 child labour-prone sectors in 2012. Of these sectors, the readymade garment sector and shrimp industry are currently free from child labour. The main cause of child labor in the country is poverty.
Professor Murshida viewed that the children are forced to sell labor for life in the age group of 6 to 7 years due to family and socio-economic reasons.
In most cases children are being involved in various types of work due to helplessness. Because of that many children can’t go to school.
Many children have to work for their family livelihood. On the contrary, the employers, owners, and managers and concerned authorities prefer to engage children at work as they can easily be exploited to work longer hours with minimum wages, she added.
Marking the day, a colourful procession led by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Awal was brought out in Jashore town which ended at the DC office premises after parading different streets.
A discussion organised by district administration was also held at collectorate conference room this morning. Additional Deputy Commissioner Hossain Showkot chaired the meeting.
In Jhenaidah, a procession organised by Manusher Jonno Foundation was brought out in the district town. Later, the procession turned into a human chain at Post Office intersection. Children, their guardians and NGO workers took part in the human chain.
The speakers at the human chain urged the government should take all out efforts to eliminate child labour from the country.
Besides, a workshop on ‘Preventing violence against children’ was held at Barguna press club auditorium this morning.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Anisur Rahman addressed the programme as the chief guest with Station Manager of Lokobeter Md Monir Hossain Kamal in the chair.
Station Manager of Radio Padma Shahana Parveen delivered welcome speech at the workshop.
Journalist Chittaranjon Shil, Education Officers Shahadat Hossain and SM Mizanur Rahman were present as special guests.
Centre for Communication and Development (CCD) and Lokobeter 99.2 jointly organised the workshop.
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