By Nation Reporter
EDUCATION is the best way to protect children from any form of child labour, Child Labour Ambassador Samson Mutambo has said.
Mr Mutambo said education was a key element in the prevention of child labour.
“The best way to protect children from child labour is by taking them to school. Education is the only thing which can prevent and protect children from any form of child labour.” Mutambo said.
He observed that children who were in school were at less risk of exploitation.
“Children with no access to quality education have little alternative but to enter the labour market, where they are often forced to work in dangerous and exploitative condition.” he said.
Mutambo noted that the prevention and elimination of child labour should be an integral part of education policy.
He added that the education sector had great potential to contribute to the elimination of child labour.
“The prevention and elimination of child labour should be an integral part of education policy development and reform.” He said.
Mutambo also advised parents and guardians to ensure that children acquire education and protected from any forms of child labour.
He said children were future leaders and must be protected.
“There is no future to children who are exposed to all these forms of child labour, they are future is completely destroyed.” Mutambo said.
Mutambo further commended Government for its effort in preventing and protecting children from child abuse.
“I would like to commend Government for its efforts, they have come up with measures to ensure that some of the causes of child labour are tackled and also the information about child labour reaches the people.” He added.