Health Desk: 13th Nov’18: Experts at a national consultation in the capital on Monday stressed proper implementation of policies and enforcement of laws in order to eliminate child labour in the country.
Government and non-government officials and rights activists came up with this observation at a national consultation on “Elimination of child labour in informal sector: challenges and way forward for achieving SDG 8.7”.
Presenting a keynote paper on the topic, TIM Nurunnabi Khan, an expert on labour and youth employment, said the number of working children in Bangladesh is 34.50 lakh.
Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said, “Only infrastructural development by the government is not enough to be a developed country by 2041. Our dream of development will not be fulfilled without paying attention to children.”
Sakeun Nahar Begum, additional secretary to labour and employment ministry, said the government has planned to eliminate child labour by 2025.
Dr Khaja Shamsul Huda, chairperson of BSAF, said working children should be rehabilitated and given vocational training so that they can become skilled human resource in future.
BSAF Director Abdus Shahid Mahmood and Country Director of Terre des Hommes Netherlands Mahmudul Kabir also spoke among others in the programme.
Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) arranged the programme at the capital's Cirdap.