KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda is looking at adopting stringent measures
to significantly cut child labor cases in the country, a top
official said on Monday.
offenders will face “tough penalties and heavy punishment,”
Fanfan Rwanyindo, minister of public service and labor, told
lawmakers on a law regulating labor in Rwanda.
“We are continuing
to strengthen our efforts to bring an end to the cruel
exploitation of those children engaged in child labor,” said
employment age in Rwanda is 16, according to the ministry of
Children as young as
ten are forced to spend long hours working in such areas as
agriculture, mining and construction, often in harsh conditions
and without access to healthcare, said the minister.
Some 2.1 percent of
children in Rwanda are engaged in hazardous work, according to a
2015 survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics of
Data from the
ministry of gender and family promotion indicates that more than
11,000 children were withdrawn from child labor in the last five
Rwandan speaker of parliament, said empowering poor families
economically would play a crucial role in ending child labor
since the majority of the children join labor force due to
poverty in their families.
She called on the
government to strengthen law enforcement and intensify
monitoring to put an end to child labor.
a legislator, said ensuring access to quality basic education is
critical for removing children from labor exploitation.
Last May, the
cabinet of Rwanda asked relevant institutions, including the
police to, closely monitor child labor and hold the offenders to
In Rwanda, children
between five and 12 years old are allowed to perform unpaid
household chores but are not allowed to work for more than 20
hours a week; children aged between the ages of 13 to 15 are
allowed to perform light work, which includes domestic work and
other family income-generating activities inside or outside of
their household, in not more than 20 hours a week, according to
the ministry of labor.
Children between the ages of 16 to 17 are allowed to perform all
activities except the worst forms of child labor and hazardous
work, according to the ministry.