By Peter Midwa
A draft report on the review of policies, legislations and programs for the elimination of child labor in Kenya was shared in 28th February 2018, in Nairobi Safari Club. The meeting brought together stakeholders of child protection including the Department of Children Services and World Vision Kenya among others.
About 773,696 children are trapped in child labor in Kenya. This is a sad reminder of the harshness and cruelty toward young children that still remains prevalent in our country and even all over the world. Child labor is not only a Kenya problem. It is something that affects 152 million children worldwide. These children may fail to attend school regularly and eventually drop out.
The meeting, facilitated by the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), pursued ways of coming up with a more comprehensive and realistic report.
The draft report sought the strengthening of knowledge on the status of the existing policy frameworks on child protection in Kenya and the extent to which they have been implemented and also the gaps that hinder their effective implementation.
Dr Philista Onyango, Regional Director of ANPPCAN, said that the major gap is the lack of implementation of some of the things the government does for children.
Christine Mugambi from World Vision Kenya said that for a child to go mining, it’s not because they want to, it’s just because the parent is not able to give or provide for that child. She therefore asked what the government is doing in terms of income and empowerment of households, because that’s where the issue of child labor starts. She also asked whether the new curriculum understands how to train children themselves to be protectors of their own rights.
This draft report will lead to a more comprehensive version which will then create more awareness on the subject of violence against children and enable the government and other stakeholders of child protection to take up their respective responsibilities in steering child protection forward.
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Peter Midwa is a Writer,Editor and Videographer with Mtoto News
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