HANOI (Bernama) – The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs launched a workshop on Wednesday to develop a project to fight against child labour in Vietnam.
The event was organised in collaboration with the US Department of Labour and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The project will address the problem of child labour in Vietnam in collaboration with social organisations, the business community and society at large.
It targets child labourers under the age of 18 with a particular focus on the garment industry, agriculture and fisheries, and traditional handicrafts.
About 1.75 million or 9.6 per cent of Vietnamese children aged between five and 17 are child labourers. Around 85 per cent of young workers are in rural areas and 15 per cent in urban areas.
Nearly 596,000 child labourers work more than 42 hours in a week.
Under the project, children and their families will receive access to education, vocational training, social welfare and support services as well as income-generating activities.
At the workshop, participants discussed policies on childcare and child protection and measures to increase the public’s awareness of child labour.