Ghana yesterday joined the world to mark this year’s World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL).

Under the global theme, “In Conflicts and Disaster, Protect Children from Child Labour”, the day is annually commemorated globally on June 12.

Set aside by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the significance of the day is to raise awareness and deepen the understanding of the harmful effects of child labour and also institute measures to fight the menace.

In Ghana, the day was marked with a national policy durbar in Accra under a local theme; “In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labour; Mobilising resources for effective Implementation of NPA 2, (2016-2020)”.

According to the organisers, the global theme was domesticated to fit into Ghana’s quest to mobilise resources for the National Plan of Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Phase II (NPA 2, 2016-2020), which has been finalised and awaiting Cabinet approval.

Indeed, the decision to use the day to mobilise resources for the implementation of the second phase of the NPA is well thought out as funding was a major setback for the phase one of the NPA.

Had the first phase received adequate financially support and met its target, the fight against child labour would have gone very far.

The decision to use the occasion to mobilise funds must be supported and embraced by all those who genuinely want child labour to be eradicated in the country.

Significantly, this year’s celebration also coincides with the launch of a new campaign dubbed, ‘the change or change campaign’ which seeks to embark on a nationwide advocacy campaign towards the elimination of child labour.

The campaign would be carried out by members of the Social Mobilisation Partners against Child Labour (SOMOAC) at all levels of the society across the country, with the aim of mobilising society to fight the penance.

Child Labour is a phenomenon that is on the increase and common in economically deprived areas of the country.

And because it is a social problem, the government alone cannot fight it.

We must therefore mobilise everyone to compel the government to remain committed to the fight against child labour.

On the occasion of the celebration of the World Day Against Child Labour, we pay tribute to all those who have over the years committed to fighting the menace.

We must continue to fight until we eliminate child labour completely from the country.

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