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World Day against child Labour






World Day Against Child Labour  is to focus on the elimination of child labour in agriculture one of the most dangerous forms of work for children. The ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) estimates that over 100 million boys and girls aged five to 14 works as child labourers on farms and plantations the world over. More than 50 million are in sub-Saharan Africa. The children are often exposed to hazards and risks."Children must be given the opportunity to develop. Anything harmful to their development is regarded as child labour. We are intensifying efforts to stamp out the scourge on South African farms and we take tough action against offenders," said Minister Mdladlana.  (


Lord and Creator of us all, deliver us from this scourge of denying the children of the poor the joy of childhood. May the efforts taken by various organizations provide for them the means to grow normally taking time and space and with the opportunities provided may they emerge as responsible and contented citizens is our earnest prayer on behalf of all your children.

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