Pupils of Tiira Primary School Busia matching in commemoration of the world day against child labor.

Business in Busia Town  has come to a standstill as EWAD and stakeholders in the fight against child labor matched through the streets in belated commemoration of the world day against child labor as a district.

The world day against child labor is commemorated  on every 12th June. However in a special way, EWAD with funding support from WNCB project in Busia district chose to mark this day on 15th June 2023 in Busia communities where the project is being implemented by EWAD.

Commemorations began with a peaceful procession flagged off by Busia district deputy Chief Administrative officer Angella flanked by EWAD executive Director Margaret Tuhumwire, EWAD staff, community leaders, School children from nearby schools, and other community members who matched majestically through the heart of Busia district alongside a brass band to spread different messages geared towards mobilizing the public to join efforts to end child labor.

Busia district assistant chief administrative officer Angella Akurut (Left) flanked by EWAD Executive director Margaret Tuhumwire (Right) flagging off the procession in commemoration of the World day against child labor 2023 Busia district.

This years commemoration of the world day against child labor have been held under the global theme Social Justice for All.

“This day is a platform to highlight the plight of children engaged in labor and advocate for their rights. It is an occasion to bring together individuals, organizations, and communities dedicated to eradicating child labor and ensuring the well-being and education of every child,” Said Margaret Tuhumwire the EWAD executive Director.

A pupils  demonstrating child labor in a play aimed at mobilizing every body to end child labor.

She explains EWAD chose to commemorate this day with the community members within the WNCB project in Busia District at a mega event held at Tiira primary school featuring a series of impactful activities.

“The fight against child labor can not be left to non government organizations or politicians only. We all must be involved in this fight because it concerns rectifying the future of our children and it touches their fundamental rights.  I therefore want to call upon every body to commit today to do whatever little thing they can do to end child labor,” She said.

While officiating the event to mark this day, the chief guest Mr. who is also the LC5 chairperson for Tiira county, commended schools children from Tiira primary schools, Amonikakine and Busitema primary school for their spectacular drama and Music performances which he described as very informative, amazing and very educational on issues of ending child labor.

EWAD is a local implementing partner of the WNCB project in 3 sub-counties of Tiira Town Council, Buteba and Busitema Sub- County in Busia district. EWAD aims to achieve a society where Children and youth are free from Child Labor and enjoy their rights to quality education and (future) decent work.

According to the International labor organization (ILO) (2016-2020) survey, 160 million children aged between 5-17 are involved in child labor. This translates to 1 in 10 children are involved In child labor.