Sunday, August 14, 2022

Nagaland observes ‘World Day Against Child Labour’

Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland observed “World Day Against Child Labour” Saturday on 2022 theme, “Universal Social protection to End Child Labour” by organising various awareness programme to fight, eradicate and prevent child labour.
164 cases of ‘protection from abuse’ in Dimapur
Quoting CHILDLINE state report 2022, Community Educational Centre Society (CECS) project officer, Toshi Aier said Dimapur alone had around 164 cases of “protection from abuse”.
According to press release by CECS, Aier was speaking at the “World Day Against Child Labour” programme organised by CECS in collaboration with Wipro Care, CEC School and CHILDLINE 1098 Saturday, in the conference hall of CECS Dimapur.
Aier stressed on the importance of the day and the growing concern of child labour in the state and the world in general.
Stating that child labour was the deprivation of an individual childhood, Aier said, “In Dimapur alone there are around 164 cases of protection from abuse as per CHILDLINE state report 2022”.
Emphasising on the theme, he said there was a need to deliberate on the issue of child labour and collective effort from the government, NGOs, civil bodies and likeminded people was required.
Team member CHIDLINE 1098, Deli Chakre spoke on scenario of child labour in Dimapur and informed that CHILDLINE 1098 as a child service provider has been working to eliminate child labour since inception.
He, however, admitted that not much could be done without the support of the society.
Earlier, chairperson of the programme, CHIDLINE 1098 nodal coordinator, Mhaseto Rhakho welcomed the participants and a song was presented by CECS choir while short plays were demonstrated by CEC School students and Informal Education for Marginalized Children students.
‘Everyone’s contribution can enhance the future of children’
National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM) Nagaland region in collaboration with Assisi Centre for Integrated Development (ACID) commemorated the day in the Assisi auditorium on Saturday.
In her welcome address, NDWM Nagaland region coordinator and ACID director, Sr. Pramila stressed on the importance of public involvement and contribution, which she said could enhance the future children in Nagaland.
“Millions of children are trafficked and are engaged in work, depriving of their rights to education, right to play, leisure and healthy growth”, Sr. Pramila said.
Labour department Dimapur, Labour inspector Lipong Longchar spoke on the theme and importance of the day while centre coordinator, CHILDLINE Dimapur, Loza spoke on children, issues they face, POCSO Act, CHILDLINE support, etc.
Earlier, Abigail Murrey compered the programme while Sr Salomi offered the invocation and cultural performances were displayed by CRM children. Altogether, 320 participants attended the programme.

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