Launch of new book on Children's Labour in East Africa at recent World Day against Child Labour

16 Jun 2015

Young Lives collaborated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Save the Children to commemorate the World Day against Child Labour.  The event was colourfully commemorated in Arba Minch, the second largest town in the Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples Region next to Hawassa and the capital of Gamo Gofa Zone.  This day was celebrated in Ethiopia for the 7th time and for the 23rd time worldwide.

world day against child labour 2015The event started at Lemlem Square, where many people gathered for a rally wearing a T-shirt and a cap with the motto of the day: 'No to child labour, yes to quality of education'.  The rally was colourful with a group performing traditional dances representing many nations and nationalities and a children's circus team displaying different skills.  His Excellency, the State Minster, Dr. Zerihun Kebede, made a keynote speech before the rally set off.  He mentioned that it was important that the occasion was observed in Gamo Gofa zone as there are many children who are trafficked from the are to be involved in hazardous child labour, notably in weaving.  The rally was officially opened by the State Minster and his Excellency Ato Shambel Shagne, the Speaker of Gamo Gofa Zone Administration who cut the ribbon.  The march lasted about 25 minutes and it was concluded upon reaching Omo Hall where the meeting was held. 

Presentation was an integral part of the program where research and experiences from different partners and children were shared.  Dr Alula Pankhurst and Ato Agazi Tiumelissan presented on 'work, education and children's lives: examples from Young Lives communities'.  The State Minister expressed his sincere appreciation for the Young Lives research.  Based on one of the key recommendations in the presentation, he emphasised the need to look in to school shift/full day system in relation to the living conditions of children from poor families who are unable to attend, and the need for social protection.

With this opportunity, Young Lives also launched the new book on 'Children's Work and Laobur in East Africa: Social Context and Implications for Policy'.  The book Child Work Bookbrings together contributions by academics and practitioners interested in strengthening the role of research in improving policies relating to children and poverty in the East African region.  The book can be purchased from the Organisation of Social Science Research in Eastern and southern Africa (OSSREA).