The International Labour Organization (ILO) has reiterated the government of Tanzania to continue working towards eliminating all forms of child labour by 2025 as it committed to the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
ILO’s Director General Guy Ryder said this through a press statement today as the world commemorates World Day against Child Labour.
“In the face of the greatest refugee crisis for decades, shared responsibility and solidarity are essential to protect the world’s children, to provide them with education, to restore hope and to give them the chance of a better future,” the statement read. It is reported that 168 million children are in child labor globally when 85 million of them in hazardous work.
In Tanzania, child laborers, especially those who are working in hazardous conditions lack social protection measures due to weak enforcement of education system legislation, particularly in rural areas.
It is also reported by the Achieving Reduction of child labor in Support of Education (ARISE) project that factors such as socio-cultural beliefs, household poverty, and weak enforcement of legislation on child labor combined, remain to be a fueling factor to child labor in most rural communities in the region.