Sekkouri: “Morocco has reduced child labor by 94%”


Morocco has managed to reduce the number of child workers by 94% over the last twenty years, said Wednesday in Geneva, the Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment and Skills, Younes Sekkouri.

During a session on the prohibition of child labor, as part of the 112th International Labor Conference, Mr. Sekkouri stressed that Morocco has accumulated numerous achievements in terms of children’s rights, ensuring that the The number of child workers has declined to now represent less than 1.4% of the workforce. Children who work mostly temporarily help their parents, particularly in rural areas, he explained, reiterating Morocco’s determination to continue its commitment to eradicate child labor, whose natural place is school.

During this meeting organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of Convention 182 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on the worst forms of child labor, Mr. Sekkouri recalled that the protection of child is a commitment enshrined in the Moroccan Constitution and that the issue of child labor is not a luxury, but a subject of integrated national strategy. The minister presented a series of essential approaches on which Morocco relies to combat child labor. These include sustained investment in vocational training, combating school dropouts, guaranteeing direct support to large social segments, as well as strengthening preschool education.

Social protection generalization programs are mechanisms intended to improve the quality of life, to enable families to care for their children and allow them to grow up in a healthy and natural environment, he said, while emphasizing the importance of strengthening controls in the workplace. In this sense, 500 labor inspectors across the Kingdom follow strict rules to ensure that companies comply with the ban on child labor, he said.

The 112th session of the International Labor Conference, attended by representatives of the three parties at work (governments, workers and employers) from 187 countries, addresses several topics such as protection against biological risks, protection of principles and rights fundamentals at work, and a general discussion on decent work and the care economy.

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