Sekkouri: Only 1.6% of children work

Sekkouri: Only 1.6% of children work
Sekkouri: Only 1.6% of children work

Morocco is ranked among the pioneering countries in the fight against child labor, said Tuesday in the House of Advisors, the Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment and Skills, Younes Sekkouri.

In response to questions regarding the issue of child labor, Sekkouri clarified that only 10,000 children out of a total of 7 million work, which represents less than 1.6%, noting that this indicator reflects Morocco’s efforts in the fight against this phenomenon.

Morocco has managed to overcome the phenomenon of child labor under 15 years old, which is internationally prohibited according to all standards, said the minister, noting that the age of more than 80% of children who work, varies between 15 and 18 years old.

Furthermore, the minister indicated that the majority of working children come from rural areas, where they help their families in generally seasonal work. He added that most of these children are not in a situation of school dropouts and are not subject to any exploitation.

The minister also stressed that for more than two decades, Morocco has paid particular attention to international conventions relating to child labor and has established mechanisms to monitor the implementation of these conventions.

Regarding the operationalization of the inspection system to combat child labor, the minister said that his department sets up, each year, a national inspection plan and targets several areas concerned by this inspection, including that of child labor.

In this sense, he said that inspection is being strengthened for companies in the industrial and construction sectors, where the work of children between 16 and 18 years old could present risks.

In addition to the efforts made by labor inspectors, awareness-raising sessions are organized in partnership with business leaders and social partners, in addition to support for programs aimed at ending child labor, initiated by associations.

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