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Labor Ministry trains Labor Commissioners, Inspectors

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A kid Liberian working in a rubber plantation in Liberia
A kid Liberian working in a rubber plantation in Liberia

(elbcradio.com/Feb. 24, 2015)-The Labor Ministry has begun training County Labor Commissioners and Inspectors on how to effectively address child labor issues in Liberia.

The training is being financed by WINROCK-ARCH, an international organization working along with the Liberian Government to help eliminate child labor in the country.

Deputy Labor Minister, Levi Demmah, said: “Data collected by the ministry on the impact of child labor in Liberia suggests that more needs to be done to deal with the issue.”

Deputy Minister Demmah spoke Monday, February 23, 2015 at the start of the 5-day workshop.

He also said: “If generational transformation must become real, there is a need to building the incoming generation’s capacity to fill the gaps created by the departure of the older generation.”

He noted that Liberia is committed to domesticating convention 182 which calls for the elimination of child labor in countries that are signatories to such principle.

Also speaking at the training’s opening ceremonies, WINROCK-ARCH Project Director, James Yekeh, said the entity was working closely along with the Labor Ministry through institutional capacity-building.

The joint effort is to eliminate child labor in Liberia, especially in the agriculture sector.

Mr. Yekeh further noted that his organization was also working along with the ministry to develop an Action Plan on the elimination of all forms of child labor in the country.

He said the project is being supported by the US Government’s Department of Labor and will run for three and a half years.”

At the same time, WINROCK-ARCH has donated a consignment of school furniture and uniforms to the Education Ministry.

The educational materials, value more than US$55M, were donated through WINROCK-ARCHs local offices in Margibi, Nimba and Montserrado Counties.

The items contain 500 arm chairs for students, 200 chairs for teachers, 150 pieces of blackboard and 4,000 sets of school uniforms.

Mr. Yekeh said the project is intended to promote improved policies to adequately address child labor in Liberia’s rubber producing areas.

It is also intended to enhance monitoring and support delivery to children between the ages of 5 and 17 and are at risk of various forms of child labor, he noted.

Receiving the materials on behalf of the Education Ministry, the County Education Officers of Montserrado and Margibi Counties, Cecelia Reeves and Gormah Minnie, respectively, thanked WINROCK-ARCH Project for the donation.

They assured the wise use of the materials and called on other NGOs to emulate the good example of WINROCK-ARCH.

 


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