Taking part in the labour force at a young age stunts children’s mental and physical development. Students paint pictures under the theme "Children shouldn't work in fields, but on dreams" at the forum. So said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyễn Thị Hà at a forum on Friday hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the HCM Communist Youth Union ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. The event, themed "Children shouldn't work in fields, but on dreams", offered a platform for policymakers, social activists and some 200 children to share their opinions and potential solutions, and to show their commitment to ending all forms of child labour by 2025. "Việt Nam is the pioneer in Asia in establishing the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Alliance 8.7, focusing on addressing child labour in agriculture and enhancing education for children," said Hà. ILO Việt Nam Director Chang-Hee Lee told the forum that using child labour threatened the country's future labour force and economy. He said children need to enjoy a good education and learn essential skills to achieve their own dreams and benefit the country… Read full this story
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