Advocating against child Labour in mining
Over this period of February to March taskforce members from Rupa and Katikekile were able to periodically carry out community awareness and conduct inspection and monitoring activities in the mining areas of Rupa and Katikekile sub counties .These taskforce members were supported by ECO staff, the Moroto district labour officer and the district probation officer. The taskforce members were led by the CDO of both Rupa and Katikekile Sub counties
There was strong commitment from the district probation officer and the district labour officer to continuously support the taskforce members. Throughout this exercise these officers were fully involved
Our continuous sensitization and awareness in the mining communities specifically back to school campaign and awareness meetings done by ECO and the taskforce members of Rupa resulted into 13 children (12 females and 1 male) mapped previously in August 2016 joining school this February. Of these children 8 of them were not school going and 5 were school drop outs.
On 24th march 2017 the Inspection team composed of the District Labour Officer, District Probation Officer and the Parish Chiefs of the respective sub-counties of Rupa, Katekikile and staff ECO staff conducted an inspection visit in the sub counties of Rupa and Katekikile to ascertain the status of children in the Mining sites ,assess level of Child Protection Committee participation in the communities and what impact their being bears to the community and Identify what child protection issues exist in these sub counties and mining areas that may need to be addressed. The team generated findings on lack of nearby schools for children in mining communities and issues of child neglect. These issues are currently being reviewed at Moroto DLG