A Senior Investigator at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice CHRAJ, Mr. Godfrey Ebo Arhin, has noted that some worse forms of child labour include children caught up in arm conflicts, commercial sex exploitation, child trafficking and child prostitution; illegal drug activities and children working in mining areas and in deep waters.
He said such forms of labour are harmful to children because it affects their normal growth in terms and education, nutrition, socialization, conditions of work, among others.
According to him, one in five Ghanaian Children experience some form of child labour.
He said in 2003, the Ghana Child Labour survey revealed that out of six million children in the country at that time, about 1.3 percent of them were involved in child labour; and 2014, the Ghana Standard Labour Survey pegged child labour in the country at 21.9 percent.
“In Ghana currently, when you take about five children, between the age of 5 and 17, you have one of them involved in child labour; making it twenty percent of the children population” he stressed.
He said Ghana’s constitution makes provision for the providing and protecting of children, and as such there is the need to commemorate World Child Labour Day to highlight some plights affecting children in the country.
He noted, the International Labour organization was formed in the early part of 2000 to address the effects of child labour and as part of its convention, the organization has set the minimum age for a child to work at age fifteen, be it in the formal or informal sector.
Mr. Godfrey Ebo Arhin made these comments on the #InFocus segment of HSTV’s Morning Show,#HealthyMorning, talking to HSTV’s Cecil Lee Longdon about Child Lobour, as part of commemorating World Child Labour Day, yesterday.