|Published : 23 Sep 2016, 22:00:21|
Thrust on creating awareness among parents over kids doing risky jobs
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) Meher Afroze Chumki stressed the need on Thursday for creating awareness among the parents about engaging their children in risky jobs.
Some socio-economic factors like poverty, parents' divorce and large family force the children to join any kind of work to support their families, she said.
The state minister was speaking at the launching programme of a publication at the National Press Club in the city. The name of the publication is "Stories of the Working Children".
Meher Afroze also said MoWCA has taken many initiatives to reduce the number of children engaged in hazardous jobs and provide them with vocational training so that they can become independent as well as productive for the country.
The programme was organised by Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) which was supported by Centre for Service and Information on Disability (CSID).
In the publication Children Affairs Journalists' Network depicts the stories of the city's working children.
Secretary of the Ministry of Information Martuza Ahmed, Director of World Vision Bangladesh Chandan Z Gomes, Executive Director of CSID Khandoker Zahurul Alam and Chief Editor of BSS Abul Kalam Azad were present at the programme.
Martuza Ahmed said the government has introduced child budget for ensuring children's equal development within different ministries and seven ministries have already had budgets for developing children.
It is very alarming that many child workers are becoming addicted to drugs, he said adding that people have to change their attitudes to reduce child labour as well as violence against children.