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Mapping on Child Labor to start in communities 

By: Emmanuel wise Jipoh

Mapping on Child Labor will shortly begin in communities with the involvement of residents in the 17 Electoral Districts of Monsterrado County, Labor Minister Cllr. Charles Gibson, disclosed on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, during a press conference at the Ministry of Labor in Congo Town.

Addressing the news conference after the Ministry and Partners launched a Community Leadership Mapping and Awareness Exercise on Child Labor, Labor Minister Cllr. Charles Gibson said the exercise is intended to enlighten community leaders as well as every parent and guardian on the treatment of child and children, according to Labor Standard.

The Chairman of the National Commission on Child Labor, Minister Gibson explained that the project is also intended to identify community leaders and profile their basic information, conduct training and outreach on the issues of child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. 

He disclosed that the pilot project which will be undertaken in the 17 Electoral Districts of Montserrado County is expected to run for fifteen days beginning February 23, 2023.

The project will be implemented through a concerted force of the Ministry of Labour and partners, local NGOs and the Liberia Scout Association in every community across the country.

He said members of the Liberia Scout Association will be deployed in communities across the 17 districts in Montserrado to engage community leaders on child labor issues and encouraged them to take the exercise seriously.

He further explained that the Decent Work Act of 2015 lists works children should and must not do. He noted that the bill has been ratified and put into regulation to fulfill the Government’s obligation to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

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He continued saying Liberia has for the first time drafted a child labor law that has the propensity to rescue or stop children from engaging into child labor practices such as selling between cars in the streets.

On behalf of the Liberia Scout Association, Amb. Aaron D. Kollie, Chief Commissioner of the Association, lauded Minister Gibson for the Initiative and recognition of the Liberia Scout Association.

“We see this recognition and our involvement into this as a great opportunity which we will prioritize most and will do everything in our will possible to do the task we have been called to do.”

Mr. Kollie said the Scout Association was pleased to be recognized at this high level and they are looking forward to continuing the opportunity. He intoned that the Liberia Scout Association has been to work since its founding on January 26, 1923, to current but has been lacking the opportunity.

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