EU stresses education to curb child labour
KABUL (PAN): Up to 30 percent of Afghan children, engaged in almost every industry, often work under poor conditions to supplement family income, the head of the European Delegation to Afghanistan said on Thursday.
In order to check the abuse of their most fundamental rights, the EU is has already disbursed over 15 million euros and will spend an additional 16 million euros before 2013 on children's social protection, the envoy said.
Benefitting from this aid, about 50,000 children, including 4,000 workers, have now access to education, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas said ahead of World Day Against Child Labour, to be marked on June 12.
"A four-year programme, the Child Rights Consortium III, aims to provide a safer environment to the most at-risk children in Afghanistan, namely through direct care and improved opportunities for street and working children," he added.
In a statement, the envoy said the total budget for the programme is 7.9 million euros. Some 39,000 children, 35 percent of them girls, have already benefitted from different activities.
He identified illiteracy as one of the factors that hamper the development of Afghanistan's much-needed human capacity. He reiterated EU's commitment to help address the challenges to enable the country to enjoy a more prosperous future.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed by the Afghan government in 1994, stipulates the right of the child to education and considers child labour exploitative.
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