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Bangladesh: Made major efforts: ILO June 13,2019   |  Source: The Daily Star

Bangladesh has made major efforts to address child labour in recent years, ILO Country Director Tuomo Poutiainen said yesterday. Decent work for all cannot be achieved without the elimination of child labour, the ILO country chief also said in a press release marking World Day Against Child Labour 2019. “It is important to continue providing good basic education, skills and address safe work for youth.” He stressed on the combination of legislative regulation, progressive labour market and youth employment policy, access to social protection programmes and quality education for effective elimination of child labour.

Globally, there was a 38 per cent decrease in child labour between 2000 and 2016, according to ILO. From 2016-2018, ILO piloted a child labour monitoring project in several remote rural areas in the northwest part of the country. A total of 144 community-based workplace surveillance groups were formed in 45 rural unions and three semi-urban towns of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat. The press release said some 2,016 child labourers were identified working in tea stalls and eateries, farming and fishing, automobile repair workshops, bidi (cigarette) and brick manufacturing and domestic work.

Of those identified, 44 per cent were in one or another of the 38


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