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President Moreno expects to eradicate child labor in Ecuador

12 de Junio de 2018 - 15:10
Lenín Moreno encabezó un acto en Tena donde firmó un pacto para buscar la erradicación del trabajo infantil.
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Ecuadorian authorities estimate that about 300.000 boys, girls and adolescents work and study in different provinces across the nation.

Quito, June 12 (Andes). – Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno signed Tuesday a pact for Children and Adolescents aimed at having ecuadorian products free from violence and child labor on the sidelines of the World Day Against Child Labor.

During an event in Tena, province of Napo, the president said he hoped to eradicate child labor in the country and called on citizens to protect children from abuse and violence.

“Children’s most important thing is to play and study. Play as much as you can! Study and learn to take care of nature (…) we must protect children from abuse, violence, but especially from ignorance. They must study to be able to transform society,” he said.

At the event, the chief of state highlighted that this pact aims at recognizing Ecuadorian products free from violence and child labor.

“This is a pact for children and adolescents but also a pact aimed at taking care of the environment. Only through knowledge can we protect our beautiful earth,” said the president.

He added that children are “the future” of what citizens inherit the next generations. “Hence the importance of bringing them up with values, love, tolerance.”

Ecuadorian authorities estimate that about 300.000 boys, girls and adolescents work and study in different provinces across the nation.

Berenice Cordero, minister of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES), explained that 11% of children and adolescents aged 5 and 17 worked and studied in 2006, a rate that was reduced to 6% in 2016. Similarly, 6% of children in 2006 only worked and did not study but this was reduced to 2% in 2016.

“We want to redirect resources to focus our efforts in the Amazon region, especially in Pastaza, Tena and Orellana,” said Cordero.

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MIES also promotes campaigns to raise awareness and change cultural patterns among citizens.

The World Day against Child Labor was launched by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2002 with the aim of raising awareness of the large number of children that work and are exploited in the world and to highlight governments’ efforts to eradicate child labor.

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