NOT all work done by children should be classified as child labour that is to be targeted for elimination, says Ministry of Labour northern mediator, Sadrugu Ramagimagi.
Speaking at the World Day Against Child Labour in Labasa yesterday, Mr Ramagimagi told students, teachers and parents there were some activities warranted involvement of children.
"This includes activities such as helping their parents around the home, assisting in a family business or earning pocket money outside school hours and during school holidays," he said.
"These kind of activities contribute to the development and to the welfare of their families and they (children) are provided with skills and experience to help prepare them to be productive members of society."
Mr Ramagimagi said stressed child labour was work that deprived children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity and which was harmful to their physical and mental development.
"I hope you will be great ambassadors of the rights of our children and ensure this message is taken to everyone in our society.
"Let us fight against and end child labour in Fiji and our government is committed under the Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress," Mr Ramagimagi said.
Fiji has been a member of the International Labour Organisation since April 1974.