Four Bhaktapur Brick Factories say no to child labor
Mahashakti Brick Factory, Maheshwori Brick Factory, GJ Brick Factory and Nandikisor Brick Factory declared that their kilns were free of child labor in Bhaktapur. They joined the three brick factories declared child labor free in 2015. As part of “Protection of Children working in Brick Kilns in Nepal”, District Child Welfare Board has been working with Save the Children and partner NGO Child Development Society in 15 brick factories of Bhaktapur to eliminate child laborers from hazardous work.
At an event held on 12th May, the four brick kiln owners expressed commitment to not put any children to work in their factories and handed over the commitment paper to Chief District Officer. With this declaration, they have committed to not employing children, reporting on child labor currently employed, spread awareness about child labor and its consequences to the relevant stake holders, enroll dropout children in school, conduct regular health camps, secure water ponds used in the kiln to prevent drowning of children, among other clauses for declaration. Govenment officials, representatives of political parties, brick kiln owners, civil society representatives, journalists, brick workers and their children attended the event.
Minister of Labor and Employment, Member of Parliament and Child District Officer felicitated the brick factory owners with a letter of recognition, a shawl and a garland. Speaking at the event, Minister for Labor and Employment Deepak Bohara said, “Putting children to work in brick factories is a crime punishable by law.” He directed the Department of Labor to take strict steps to curb child labor in brick factories.
Save the Children has been working the DCWB Bhaktapur and CDS to draft a five year strategy to free Bhaktapur district of child labor. This declaration is a stepping-stone to a larger goal of ending use of all forms of child labor from the district.