Save children from nightmare labour lives

The child labour issue is based on poverty and the challenges of human resources in society. As such, proper policies prioritizing the socioeconomy should be adopted to minimize child labour.
In fact, investment in the education sector, enhancement of skill and job creation, employment for youths and safe migration can lessen the child labour issue. Macro-economy and stable finance, especially manufacturing, economic reform leading to development, poverty alleviation, human resource development, good governance and reforms in the public sector and enhancement of environmental conservation are challenges for the child labour issue.
Myanmar implements the national action plan in two portions with three-time five-year short-term plans as of January 2019. In the first five-year plan, firm data were collected with the enhancement of awareness and capacity, creation of academic and vocational education learning opportunities, amendment of legal affairs, removal and remedy of child labour under the worst exploitation, and creation of better livelihoods for families.
The initial project of the first five-year plan under the Myanmar child labour eradication national action plan was implemented in Kayin and Mon states, Bago, Yangon and Ayeyawady regions among 15 regions and states. A lessening number of child labour in industrial manufacturing and trade sectors is being undertaken from 2019 to 2023.
Actually, the outbreak of Covid-19 across the world caused a decline in family income, blasting poverty. The number of child labour increased for the running of families due to the closing of schools, poverty and the lessening of social services. Hence, these factors push most children into workplaces where they are forced to work at dangerous worksites. Especially, girls are exploited in agriculture and housemaid services.
That is why social protection is essential for the majority of child labour. On the other hand, the policies related to education, social protection, justice and the labour market are of great importance for those child labourers.
Currently, the government is striving to improve the socioeconomy of ethnic people. Moreover, assistance is being provided for businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the opening of basic education schools, and the development of manufacturing based on agriculture and livestock to have a quick win project under the short-term economic plans.
All families should not use their children as victims of child labour. They have to nurture their offspring to have development to some extent as much as they can. Even if their children fall under child labour, they should in time have to save them while striving for the improvement of their families by seeking help from the government and relevant social organizations.

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