Workshop held on confirming guidelines, work plans for ending child labour

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The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security in cooperation with the International Labour Organization recently organized a workshop on the confirmation of guidelines and work plans for the elimination of child labour in the country.
The two-day meeting at Golden Myanmar Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw was focused on the implementation of the Myanmar Program on the Elimination of Child Labour (My-PEC). Under the national programme, the Child Labour Technical Working Group has drafted its operational guidelines for child labour, said U Aung Naing, a staff officer from the ministry.
The project is aimed at reducing child labour through the establishment of a comprehensive, inclusive and efficient multi-stakeholder response. The specific objectives of the programme are to increase public awareness of child labour elimination across the nation and improve legislation to address child labour in line with international norms.
The Ministry is also planning to reduce child labour in target communities by removing children from the worst forms of child labor through education and livelihood intervention, the official said, adding that the body plans to accelerate its education programme on children’s rights in suburban townships in Yangon next year.
Up to now, the ministry managed to provide child-related knowledge to target audiences in industrial zones including Hlaingthaya, the most populous township in Yangon.
At the meeting, officials from the ministries, the ILO and local NGOs also discussed future cooperation among the stakeholders, workplace safety and health as well as children’s rights.

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