Deputy Labour Minister for Planning and Human Resource Development, Levi Demmah, is encouraging members of the National Steering Committee (NSC) on child labour to remain focused and committed to the NSC until the goal of developing a National Action Plan is achieved.
He said the task of the NSC is to work in confirmative with its work plan to develop a National Action Plan which will help the Ministry of Labour and partners to drive the agenda of eliminating the worst forms of child labour in Liberia.
The Deputy Labour Minister noted that he strongly believes that with support from WinRock-ARCH Project and other partners, the NSC will soon develop a National Action Plan which is germane to the fight against child labour in Liberia.
Deputy Minister Demmah spoke recently at the start of a two-day workshop for the National Steering Committee on Child Labour held at Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the WinRock ARCH Project.
He praised the NSC for collaborating with the Ministry of Labour and WinRock-ARCH Project in accelerating agenda for the protection and elimination of child labour in Liberia.
The National Steering Committee on Child Labour is comprised of Government Ministries or Agencies concerned with child welfare or protection issues, Civil Society groups, local and international NGOs and Development partners as advisors.
The National Steering Committee was launched in August, 2013 with the mandate to provide leadership and coordination in accelerating progress towards the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in Liberia.
The objective of the workshop is to build the capacities of the National Steering Committee on child labour-related issues as well as to review progress of the two years of its existence.
The workshop which was held from October 1-2, 2015 was sponsored by the WinRock-ARCH Project. WinRock-ARCH Project is executing a United States Department of Labour (USDOL) project to reduce child labour in the Rubber belts of Liberia. The project is a three and half-year project that began is 2013 with the intent to help the Government of Liberia reduce child labour in the country.
The workshop which brought together over thirty participants highlighted: review of the National Steering Committee (mandate, functions, deliverable, constraints and way forward; National Action Plan formulation for child labour elimination; and refresher on child labour concepts, definition, conventions and practices that perpetuate child labour.