Tanzania Needs Changes To Be Made

Child labor remains a critical issue for Tanzania. Poverty drives many children into child labor. Children work in many industries, including agriculture, domestic work, and fishing. Children as young as 8-years-old risk their lives working in licensed and unlicensed small mines. Children in the Geita, Kahama and Chunya districts dig and drill in deep unstable pits. Sometimes there are pit collapses, causing injury and death. This puts them all in grave danger and laws and regulations on mercury are poorly implemented; mining inspectors often give priority to collecting revenue. Child labor occurs despite a strong law and policy framework. Tanzania’s Law of the Child Act and Employment and Labor Regulations Act prohibit hazardous child labor under the age of 18, and mining regulations specify that mining work is prohibited for anyone under 18. What do you think about the child labor in Tanzania? Children need to be protected from hazardous environments!

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."-Frederick Douglass

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