Improving law, education system to reduce child laborers

Vietnamese government has made concerted efforts to reduce child laborers through improving regulation system in compliance with international standards and education system.

Currently around 1.75 million Vietnamese children work to support themselves and their families; however, the government has determined to cut this rate by approving two the International Labor Organization (ILO)’s conventions including Worst Forms of Child Labor convention and Minimum Age Convention in 2000 and 2003.

In its message on June 11 on the action month for Vietnamese children , ILO representative said that the rate of Vietnamese children under labor age account for nearly 10 percent of their counterparts from 5 – 17 year old in the world. 85 percent of child laborers live in countryside districts and 65 percent work on agricultural fields.

In Vietnam, children of certain age groups can work in limited hours which do not affect their studying, health condition and growth.

By Van Phuc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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