Uganda’s child labourers exploited
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – GOVERNMENT and the United Nations bodies have expressed concern amid millions of children engaged in exploitative child labour in Uganda.
Statistics disclosed during commemorations of the Day of the African Child, marked early on June 16, indicated 2,4 million children are illegally in employment, mostly as labourers in intensive industries.
Uganda has a population of 38 million.
It has further emerged 40 percent of children in the East African country suffer from physical violence and more than half of 15-19 year old adolescent girls have experienced physical or sexual violence.Despite it being outlawed recently, corporal punishment remains rampant in schools.
At the commemorations of the Day of the African Child, United Nations Children’s Fund-Uganda launched a Learner’s Booklets government hopes will help children protect themselves from all forms of violence, conflict and disasters.
“These booklets are a great resource for children to learn about their rights and, importantly, the actions they can take to protect their rights,” stated Ms. Aida Girma, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda.
“We encourage all children to study these booklets so they can gain key knowledge that will help them better protect and secure a better future for themselves,” she added.
– CAJ News
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