Discouraging child labour helps promote education

Staff Reporter

Lahore—Punjab Labour & Human Resource Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwer said the initiative of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif to eliminate child labour from different sectors will help promote education in deprived sections of society.
He stated this during his visit to Project Management Unit Office for Integrated Project for Elimination of Child Labour and Promotion of Decent Work here at Johar Town Thursday.
The minister said Integrated Project for Elimination of Child Labour and Promotion of Decent Work worth Rs 5 billion will help stop child labour at auto-workshops, petrol pumps and service stations, hotels and restaurants along with brick kilns. These children would be enrolled in the Non- Formal Basic Education Centers and skill training centers.
Secretary Labour, Sohail Shehzad informed the minister that after successful campaign for elimination of child labour under the age of 14 years from brick kilns, more than 70,000 children have been enrolled in collaboration with NGOs at different NFBE Centers, partner schools of PEF and school education department,said official spokesman.

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