Lilongwe district assistant labour officer Patricia Lembo has hailed Achieving Reduction of Child Labour in Support of Education (Arise) programme for empowering communities with skills and knowledge to reduce child labour in the district.
Lembo said this on Monday during a social marketing open day at Chitekwe in Traditional Authority (TA) Chimutu in Lilongwe.
“Poverty is among the various components that are fuelling child labour in tobacco farming communities in T/A Chimutu and I commend Winrock International for reducing child labour in the country,” she said.
Arise programme director Dalitso Baloyi said the programme is aimed at ensuring that the tobacco industry is child labour-free in the communities of their jurisdiction.
Group village head (GVH) Chiponde said tobacco and brick moulding industries have been fuelling child labour in his community.
The programme, funded by Japan Tobacco International (JTI), is promoting natural resource based enterprises to address child labour in tobacco growing communities. n