The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) says well-trained and vibrant district child labour committees are vital in the elimination of child labour in the country.
Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a two-day training workshop for Ntcheu District Child Labour Committee and law enforcers recently, MCTU projects coordinator Joseph Kankhwangwa said child labour is dynamic; hence, there is need for capacity building for all players to eliminate the malpractice.
“If the country is to be child labour free, we need to have well-trained structures for them to be well versed in child labour laws and enforcement and procedures for handling child labour issues,” said Kankhwangwa.
He said while players are working hard to eliminate child labour in the country, penalties for perpetrators of child labour are not stiff.
“There are also child labour scattered policies and laws create challenges when it comes to law enforcement in the elimination of child labour in the country,” he said.
The workshop, which was organised by MCTU, was funded by International Labour Organisation (ILO).