WVE's Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE) project together with Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA), US Embassy and other partners colourfully celebrated the 10th ‘World Day Against Child Labour’ on June 12, 2012 in Addis Ababa.
The day was celebrated with a three-kilometre awareness raising walk from Sidist Killo to Shiro Meda followed by a panel discussion in the Addis Ababa Convention Centre.
Children holding banners with the theme of the day “Human Right and Social Justice, Let’s End Child Labour”, World Vision staff, representatives of government and nongovernmental organizations participated in the walk. The Federal Police Marching Band gave grandeur to the celebration.
About 200 participants represented from various organizations and children attended the panel discussion held in the Addis Ababa Convention Center focusing on child labor and exploitation. Fekadu Gebru, Harmonious Industry Relations Directorate Director delegate from MOLSA presented a paper on Human Rights and Social Justice.
According to the presentation, there are 215 million children under child labour in the world and out of these children, about 115 million are said to be involved in the worst forms of child labour. Samuel Sugamo, Director of World Vision E-FACE project stated that World Vision together with partners plans to address problems of 20,000 children who are at risk and engaged in child labour and 7,000 households in the coming four years. E-FACE will also support public awareness raising and capacity building of federal and local government institutions to combat exploitative child labour.