GIS - 13 June, 2017: A road show and a sensitisation campaign addressing the global issue of child labour were held yesterday at Caudan Waterfront in Port-Louis to mark World Day Against Child Labour 2017.
The event, organised by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, brought together various stakeholders including representatives from different Ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations and the Brigade des Mineurs.
In his address at the launching ceremony, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr R. Nowbuth, underlined that child labour is a societal problem which needs immediate attention. Government, he said, is determined to eliminate child labour in all its forms from the nucleus of the society.
The Permanent Secretary pointed out that child labour and promoting child labour are serious offences punishable by Law. He added that schooling should be encouraged for every child regardless of his socio-economic background.
The International Labour Organisation launched the World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eradicate it.
Activities in Mauritius in this context also include the distribution of pamphlets to sensitise people on child labour.
Any work done by children within the age of 5-17 years that is detrimental to their social, mental, physical and educational development is classified as child labour. Child labour includes hazardous activities such as slavery, prostitution, drug trafficking amongst others.