Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:09

KENYA: Child Labour in Kenya Tops 40 Percent, Says Unicef

9 June 2015 - More than 40 per cent of schoolchildren in Kenya are used in economic activities, Unicef has said. Asenath Cheboi, a researcher with Unicef, yesterday said young children are involved in hazardous labour.

This directly endangers their health, safety and moral development and hinders their learning, she said. "In spite of increased investment in education, Kenya is not in a position to deliver on the goal of education, with child labour being the major contributor to this shortfall," Cheboi said.

She was speaking at a Nairobi hotel during a national workshop against child labour. The seminar was organised by International Labour Organisation in conjunction with the Labour and Education ministries. Labour administration secretary Binsai Chepsongol said child labour deprives children of schooling opportunities and requires them to acquire multiple burdens.

By Joseph Ndunda and Julius Otieno

Source: the STAR /

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