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Children shouldn’t work on fields, but on dreams

10/06/2019

On June 7th, 2019, in Hanoi, Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs in cooperation with the Central Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and International Labour Organization held a forum responding to World Day against Child Labour 2019: Children shouldn't work on fields, but on dreams. Attending the Forum were Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha, Secretary of the Central Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Nguyen Ngoc Luong, Director of ILO Vietnam Chang Hee Lee, representatives from relating Ministry, sector, collectives and over 200 children in Hanoi.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha said the Vietnamese Government has committed to tackling child labour via the issuance of laws and policies on prevention and minimization of child labour. The effort looks forward to the active participation of State agencies, businesses, trade unions, social organizations, families, and communities, she said. She added that  Ministry of Labour- Invalids and Social Affairs is working with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in making the second national survey on child labour.
The Deputy  Minister saids that child labour was the global issue, according to the ILO, 152 million children are still in child labour worldwide today. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture. The issue of children having to work when they are too small has bring back many consequences, affect to the harmonized development of children, harm for the socio- economic development, especially the quality of the future human resource of the country.  When children work too early, they could be impacted to the physical and mental development. Children working too early can not have a chance to prepare better for their future.
The forum contributed to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025. It marked the 100th founding anniversary of the ILO.

Participating children engaged in exchange activities and drawing paintings to raise people’s awareness of child labour.
They altogether made a tree of dreams delivering their wishes for all children to attend school, to not work to make a living at early age, to be loved and cared in families and at school, among others.
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