Musician and ambassador of ‘World day against child labour’, Noella Wiyaala has expressed her displeasure regarding the use of children for support in times of need.
According to her, there is a neccessity to sensitize parents who still hold on to the viewpoint that children are not just born ‘to be taken care of’.
The Ghanaian Afro-pop singer and songwriter made this known during a musical concert organized by the European Union (EU) as part of measures to intensify awareness of Child Labour in Ghana and use innovative ways to champion an end to the phenomenon.
“We should all support, not just the government. Parents also need a lot of education, especially those who think that children are born to be used for support in times of need, not just to be taken care of.” Wiyaala said.
The concert which took place at the Alisa Hotel in Accra saw 11 singers perform songs and poems on child labor and how leaders can help curb the menace.
It forms part of a national awareness campaign on child labour under the auspices of the Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) programme funded by the EU.
Present at the concert were the Minister of Employment and labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, UNICEF country Director, Mrs Anne-Claire Dufay and representatives from the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) among others.
World Day Against Child Labour
The World Day Against Labour is marked on June 12, annually. This year’s World Day Against Child Labour focuses on action taken for the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.
It is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the ILO’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and takes place at time when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling the problem.