Stakeholders in the fight against child labor in Malawi have expressed worry over the increase in the number of children employed in companies, home and estates in the country.
According to a new global child labor report by international labor organization from 2002 to 2018 child labor is at 2.1 million children.
briefing journalist in Blantyre Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi ECAM executive director George Khaki said Malawi has 12 increased the number of child labor by 12 percent in 2018.
khakhi said this is a worrisome development since the country made commitment to end child labor by 2025.
speaking to radio Islam after the meeting, guest of honor at the faction Annie Chavula who is ECAM executive council member said ECAM has embarked on a project to mentor and impart entrepreneurial skills in children above 18 years of age as way of ending child labor.
chavula said child labor is evil and erodes the potential skills of human resource that could have developed the nation in future.
“We have a number of programs as ECAM in which we are targeting schools where we can mentor our children and we have also another program on internship program which we are running together with ministry of labor. Those programs they help our children so that they have a purpose when they are going to school so that they know what they are doing”, said Chavula.
In his remarks, senior Project officer for Accelerating Action for the elimination of child labor Dylan Van Tromp said the new global estimate report revealed that for over 20 years there were 200 million child labor but now the number has increased to 262 million globally.
van Tromp said in 20 years the war on child labor is losing truck as the number has increased dramatically.
he said there are fears that with covid 19, the rate might escalate further as more household will result in into child labor.