NEARLY 600,000 CHILD WORKERS IN ZAMBIA

LUSAKA, Zambia’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Joyce Simukoko, says that child labour in the country, like in other sub-Saharan African countries, is an obstacle to achieving universal primary education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Zambia has more than 595,000 child workers engaged in various economic sectors and of the total, 58 per cent are 14 years or younger, she says.

It is therefore important for African countries to work together through the development of public-private partnerships to directly address the scourge, she said in a speech read on her behalf by the Labour and Social Security Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Barnaby Mulenga, at the official opening of the Regional Conference on Child Labour Elimination and Public Private Partnerships in the resort town of Livingstone, .about 480 kilometres south-west of here

Zambia Congress of Trade Union President Chishimba Nkole told the conference that the labour movement supported the partnership of public and private institutions in the fight against child labour.

The Regional Conference on Child Labour Elimination and Public-Private Partnerships is being attended by delegations from Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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