On 6th February, 2018, Cabinet approved the Phase II of the National Plan of Action, for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in Ghana (NPA2:2017-2021) and will be launched on the 8th of May, 2018.
The approval of the NPA 2 follows the success chalked after the implementation of the Phase I of the National Plan of Action (NPA 1:2009- 2015) by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and its stakeholders working to reduce the worst forms of child labour to the barest minimum.
Available records indicate among others that during the implementation of the NPA I, over 11,000 children, approximately 1 per cent of a total of 1.27 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 years were withdrawn from the menace while those at risk were prevented through direct action.
The approval of the NPA 2 therefore underscores government’s commitment to pursue the elimination of the WFCL.
The NPA 2 aims at consolidating the gains made during the implementation of the NPA 1 and also replicate the good practices and lessons learnt over the years, and to effectively and efficiently coordinate the various interventions to eliminate the WFCL thereby reducing it 10 per cent by 2021.