Cases of forced child labour have been on the rise in Bungoma County, Children have been used to perform heavy duties instead of being in school.
Stakeholders from Bungoma County held a 4-day Training that was sponsored by the Ministry of Labour in partnership with the International Labour organization (ILO).The training was officially opened by the Asst. County Commissioner Mrs. Christine Chacha who pointed out that everyone one have a role to play in ensuring we eradicate cases of child labour in the Country.
Through the training the stakeholders were taken through different forms of child labour that the community needs to fight to enhance a free child labour and human trafficking society.
Cases of children engaging in hawking in the streets, Sand harvesting and crushing stones in quarries have been reported and it is with this regard that the Government through the Ministry of Labour is educating the stakeholders on how to handle such kinds of cases.
Bungoma being near the Uganda Border, cases of Child trafficking have been rampant occurrence, Speaking to the press Mr. Andrew Odete, one of the Organizers from the International labour Organization said that Kenya needs different stakeholders to be brought on board to rehabilitate and integrate survivors of Violations.
“The government alone cannot identify and prosecute cases of child labour in the nation we need a team of stakeholders to intervene in fighting this act.We need law enforcement agencies working together with communites to provide shelter to survivors of violetions.” Odete Said.
The ILO aims to attain it’s goal of strengthening the capacity of the government of Kenya and additional Sub-Saharan African countries to Combat child Labour,forced labour and violations of acceptable conditions of work.
The stakeholders were educated on different ways of addressing child Labour in the society,through creating awareness, empowering our children and establishment of functional rescue centre for the survivors will help curb child labour and Human trafficking.