A boy selling roasted groundnuts prompting calls to end child labour in Mansa.
A boy selling roasted groundnuts  in Mansa.

Media Network on Child Rights and Development (MNCRD) has said that developing children’s skills does not constitute child labour and has urged parents and guardians to avoid mixing up the two concepts.

Executive Director Henry Kabwe said that that there is need for this misconception to be clarified because the future of children will be compromised if they are not involved in chores that will help them in future.

Mr Kabwe pointed to a number of family businesses in Zambia that have closed down after the demise of parents who ran them, due to lack of strategy by such parents to impact their children with business skills to run businesses or family income generating activities.

Mr Kabwe classified child labour as acts that jeopardize children’s physical, moral and spiritual development and their opportunity to get educated.

 

An unidentified child selling apples at Longacres bus station
An unidentified child selling apples at Longacres bus station
A Child carrying a heavy load in Ndola where child labour is on the rise
A Child carrying a heavy load in Ndola 
Child labour is rife on the Copperbelt. Here, some children ferrying heavy loads in Ndola
Some children ferrying heavy loads in Ndola
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AN unidentified child labourer spotted at Buseko market ferrying large bags of stock feed in Lusaka
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  1. Making such a small child routinely carry such heavy loads on his head as to even cause stunted growth is not only child labor but child abuse.

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  2. All the above pictures are child labour. If the kids are not paid it is even worse because that is slave labour. Developing children’s skills does not involve making them work. It is about teaching them and this usually takes place in a classroom

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