Nasarawa State Agency Reaffirms Commitment to End Child Labor

As the world marks the World Day to End Child Labour, the Nasarawa State Human Capital Development Agency (NSHCDA) has reaffirmed its commitment to eradicate child labor and protect children’s rights throughout the state.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the agency’s head of media and advocacy, Rafiyat Sadiq, quoted the agency’s director general and focal person, Habiba Balarabe, as saying the agency would not tolerate child labor in Nasarawa State.

According to the NSHCDA director, every child deserves to have access to quality education and a safe environment to thrive. She added: “We are committed to tackling child labor and ensuring that every child can achieve their potential. »

“The well-being of children, and the protection and promotion of their rights, is of the utmost importance to us. Under our six thematic areas, a comprehensive strategy we will adopt to end child labor in the state is to educate them.

Under the theme “Acting on Our Commitments: Ending Child Labour”, NSHCDA is leading a series of initiatives to advocate for policy reform, working closely with government and stakeholders to advocate for favors the enactment and enforcement of policies that protect children from exploitation and abuse. guarantee their access to quality education and social services.

“Community Engagement and Awareness: Conduct community awareness campaigns to educate parents, guardians and community leaders on the importance of ending child labor and the long-term benefits of investing in education and well-being of children.

“Support education and skills development: implement programs to support children at risk of or engaged in child labor by providing them with access to formal education, vocational training and livelihood opportunities. livelihood that allows them to build a better future. »

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“Angel Hands Initiative: Created by the Agency to combat hazardous forms of child labor, it aims to create safer ways for girls to contribute financially to their families instead of hawking and other related activities that expose them to dangers such as rape, unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse and gender-based violence.

The Agency called on all stakeholders to unite in the collective effort to end child labor and build a future where every child can thrive in safety, dignity and opportunity.

“Together we can make a difference and ensure that every child has access to the education and protection they deserve,” urged Habiba Balarabe in the press release.