A four-day workshop to train the National Steering Committee on child labor and strategic planning to develop a National Plan of Action on the worst forms of child labor in Liberia, opens at the Chamber of Commerce in Monrovia Monday.
Disclosing this to the Liberia News Agency Thursday, Madam Patient Heah, National Coordinator of the National Commission on Child Labor in Liberia, said Liberia is determined to eliminate all forms of child labor in the country.
She said the workshop organized by the Ministry of Labor and the International Labor Organization (ILO) will also reinforce national commitment, ownership, capacity and effective collaboration towards the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) on child labor in Liberia.
Heah said in June 2003, Liberia ratified the ILO Convention on the worst forms of Child Labor (c182), assenting to take immediate and effective measures to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor (WFCL) within its territory.
She pointed out that currently the country has developed a comprehensive policy framework favorable to the elimination of child labor and set the stage for the formulation of a NAP that would provide the impetus for frontline action to address child labor issues in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Heah has disclosed that organizations participating in the workshop will be given institutional mandates in the fight against the practice of child labor in Liberia.
By Richard Stephens