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Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, June 14, 2014

FIJI is among countries in the world that have recorded a tremendous decline in child labour cases.

Only two cases have been received by the Labour Ministry so far this year compared to 41 received by the child labour unit last year.

In his address at the World Day Against Child Labour event in Suva on Wednesday, acting Labour Minister Commander Viliame Naupoto said in 2011, the unit received 64 cases with 55 being male children and nine female.

He said in 2012, the unit received 64 cases with 24 being male children and 40 female.

"We can note from the reduction of cases of child labour recorded from 2011 until 2014 that our government's educational and social protection plans with the reforms implemented are bearing fruits," Commander Naupoto said.

"The benefits of ending child labour cannot be overstated, children who grow up free from child labour have the opportunity to realise fully their rights to education, leisure and healthy development.

"In turn, it will help them make a successful transition into decent work and to be contributing members of society as adults."

He said child labour could seriously endanger children's immediate health and safety.

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