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Rwanda commits to ending child labor

Staff Writer |
Rwanda has embarked on a campaign to put an end to all forms of child labor in the country, said the country's minister of gender and family promotion.

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Esperance Nyirasafari said the government is committed to ending all kinds of child labor by ensuring that every child gets an opportunity of being raised in a family setup.

"Ensuring access to quality basic education, placing orphans into families and sensitizing Rwandans about the dangers of recruiting and use of child laborers is part of our campaign to eliminate child labor in the country," she said.

The minister sought support from all sectors and the general public to end child labor and as well as to promote and protect children's rights.

Available statistics from the ministry indicates that more than 11,000 children were withdrawn from child labor in the last five years.

About 2,600 children were also moved from institutional care (including orphanages) and placed into families, under a government campaign of ensuring that every child gets an opportunity of being raised in families.

The campaign to end child labor will target children engaged in domestic work, reintegrating street children into families and schools, and promotion of birth registration, according to the ministry.

In 2015, the fourth Integrated Household Survey indicates that 2.1 percent of children in Rwanda are engaged in hazardous work.

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