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Child Labour: Best Practices & Challenges in Malawi

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Child Labour: Best Practices & Challenges in Malawi

We want to share some information about a fascinating video on child labour in Malawi. With the assistance of the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) and its partners, CRIDOC produced this child labour documentary. It provides an in-depth look at the country’s best practices and challenges in combating child labour. This has a particular focus on tobacco estates.

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), child labour is a serious problem that affects millions of children worldwide. It refers to any work that deprives children of their childhood, potential, and dignity and harms their physical and mental development. Child labour can harm children’s physical, social, mental, and moral well-being. Different types of work can cause these harms.

It is important to protect children from these harms. It can interfere with their education, prevent them from attending school, force them to leave early, or oblige them to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.

In this context, the type of work classified as child labour may vary depending on many factors. These factors include the child’s age and the nature and duration of the work. The circumstances in which it takes place and the goals that various nations are pursuing are also considered. The answer may differ from country to country and among different sectors.

Furthermore, child labour is a complex issue requiring a multi-faceted approach. It is essential to ensure that children are protected from all forms of exploitation, violence, and abuse and that they have access to education and other fundamental rights. Governments, employers, and civil society organizations must work together to eliminate child labour.

In addition, they must also collaborate to promote children’s rights. This can be done through national and regional legislation (such as at the SADC level). It may also include policies and programmes that support families in increasing access to education and providing decent work opportunities for adults and youths. By working together, we can create a world where children can enjoy their childhood, reach their full potential, and contribute to society as responsible citizens.

MCTU is one of several Malawian organisations working tirelessly to end child labour in Malawi. Despite their efforts, poverty remains a significant obstacle that keeps these children trapped. Many are forced to work long hours in hazardous conditions, which can devastate their health and well-being.

In this context, this documentary is an eye-opening exploration of child labour in Malawi. Through compelling storytelling and powerful visuals, it delves into the harsh realities faced by children who are forced to work in unsafe and exploitative conditions.

Therefore, the documentary hopes to inspire positive change and raise awareness about the urgent need to address this issue by shining a light on it. This video is a must-watch for anyone who cares about social justice and human rights, as it offers remarkable insight into the lives of those affected by this issue in Malawi.