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Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour

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About 2 million children are involved in child labour in Ghana and over 200,000 children are engaged in the worst forms of child labour. To address this, the Government of Ghana has launched the second National Plan of Action (NPA II 2017-2021) for the elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour on 8th May 2018 led by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Coco Initiative (ICI) and UNICEF.

UNICEF provided financial and technical support for the development of the National Plan of Action. The launching event took place in Suhum in the Eastern Region of Ghana and was attended by Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and representatives from various government ministries and departments, ILO, ICI, the Embassy of the United States, the Canadian High Commission, the National Child Labour Steering Committee, Community Based Organisations, NGOs, children and young people and the media. 

The event marks the beginning of the implementation of a five-year national plan of action aimed at progressively reducing the number of children engaged in labour by 10 per cent and systematically galvanising and directing national efforts towards achieving the SDG 8.7 - (Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers and by 2025 end child labour in all forms)

NPA (II) to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Ghana (2018-2021)



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