Child labour prevention efforts intensified

(VOV) -Vietnamese and foreign experts discussed in Hanoi on September 17 a project to prevent child labour in Vietnam.

The event was co-organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in collaboration with the United States Department of Labour (DOL), and International Labour Organization (ILO).

It was reported that over the years, the Vietnamese Government has paid much attention to protecting and taking care of children, especially to preventing and reducing child labour.

Vietnam has also made ​​great efforts in completing legislation, promoting law enforcement, handling violations, and supporting victims in reintegrating into the community.

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The government has endeavoured to harmonize international law, policies, and conformance on child labour.

Currently, there are around 1.75 million Vietnamese children aged 5-17, or 62% of the total, engaged in economic activities.  Most of them live in rural areas and work in agriculture.

Nearly 596,000 children work more than 42 hours a week and many do not go to school.

Child labour needs to be eliminated as it steals their childhood, talents and human dignity, and badly affects their physical and spiritual growth, delegates stressed.

The project will help increase the capacity building and raise the public’s awareness of ways to prevent and minimize child labour.

Beneficiaries of the project are those under 18 years old who are involved in many forms of hard, toxic, hazardous and dangerous work in the garment industry, agriculture, fisheries, and traditional crafts.

They will take part in prevention activities and be protected from child labour through direct interventions, education, vocational training, and other support services.

Their families will receive assistance from the project to create incomes, improve their livelihood, and develop household economies.