Speakers at a workshop have stressed for joint efforts of the government and non-government organisations to eliminate hazardous child labour for ensuring universal rights for all children.
They also favoured providing necessary assistance to the working children in hotels, restaurants, welding workshops and other hazardous places to pave way for their normal growth and flourishing talents to uphold their human and social rights, reports BSS.
‘Come to Work’, an NGO, organised the daylong workshop with the assistances of ‘Oporajeyo Bangladesh’ and Eco Social Development Organisation (ESDO) at Young Star Club in Parbotipur upazila town of Dinajpur on Tuesday.
Moderated by Executive Director of ESDO Mahfuzul Islam, Executive Director of Parbotipur Polli Seba Sangstha Mohsin Ali, hotel owners Arafat Hossain and Aminul Islam, journalist Badruddoza Bulu, welding workshop owner Babu Mian, addressed the workshop.
A large number of children engaged in hazardous labours, owners of hotels, restaurants and welding workshops, leaders of workers’ organisations, journalists, NGO executives, teachers, human rights activists, civil society members and elite participated.
Some working children narrated bitter experience while earning livelihoods for their survivals through hazardous labours in hotels, restaurants and welding workshops and expressed desire for education to become worthy citizens like other children.
The speakers stressed creating public awareness in saving the working children from hazardous labour to ensure their universal rights through providing assistances to flourish their latent talents like other children in the society.
They narrated different aspects of the prevailing problem, present nationwide situation and suggested for saving hundreds of child labourers engaged in different types of hazardous works through concerted efforts of all stakeholders.
The chief guest said the child labourers must be given opportunities for education, healthcare and training in different trades for their rehabilitation and protecting all fundamental rights to flourish their potential mental strengths.
He asked all concerned including GO-NGOs for providing necessary facilities to the working children to assist them in growing up in better environment to live with dignity in the society ensuring their participations in building a prosperous nation.