Kathmandu: Stakeholders representing the government and civil society have called for better coordination among agencies and coordinated actions from all sectors to eliminate the worst form of child labor by next year and all forms of child labor by 2028.
The government of Nepal has aimed to meet these targets in its National Master Plan for Elimination of Child Labor.
The experts called for the action during the show ‘Worst form of child labor: Current situation, challenges and solutions presented by Child Labour Action Research Innovation in South and South-Eastern Asia (CLARISSA) Nepal and Children-Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH) and hosted by Nepal Live Today.
Speaking on the show, Milan Raj Dharel, Executive Director of the National Child Rights Council said that the number of children involved in child labor has decreased over the years but the problem still remains. “It is possible to reach the goal if all stakeholders work together. “It is challenging. But we all work together for it, it is not a big challenge,” he added.
Indu Tuladhar, a child rights expert, also stressed the need for effective coordination. “The government, civil society, donors, and organizations need to work together,” she said.
Sudhir Malla, National Coordinator for Child Labour Action Research Innovation in South and South-Eastern Asia (CLARISSA) Nepal, said that family and school can play an important role in eliminating child labor.
“The role of schools is as important as that of family and home. We have found that where the schooling system is good, there is a greater chance of child labor elimination,” he said. “Better school system can address child-related issues including child labor. Education should be strengthened.”