In Conversation: How can Nepal eliminate the worst forms of child labour?

In May 2022, the CLARISSA Nepal team organised a conversation between child labour experts, hosted by Nepal Live Today.

The session, titled ‘Worst forms of child labour: Current situation, challenges and solutions’ included the following panel:

  • Milan Raj Dharel, Executive Director of the National Child Rights Council 
  • Indu Tuladhar, child rights expert 
  • Sudhir Malla, Country Coordinator for Child Labour Action Research Innovation in South and South-Eastern Asia (CLARISSA) Nepal 

Stakeholders representing the government and civil society have called for better coordination among agencies and coordinated actions from all sectors to eliminate the worst form of child labour by 2023, and all forms of child labour by 2028.

Milan Raj Dharel said that the number of children involved in child labour has decreased over the years, but the problem still remains. “It is possible to reach the goal if all stakeholders work together. It is challenging. But we all work together for it, it is not a big challenge,”  

Indu Tuladhar, stressed the need for effective coordination. “The government, civil society, donors, and organizations need to work together,” she said. 

Sudhir Malla said “The role of schools is as important as that of family and home. We have found that where the schooling system is good, there is a greater chance of child labour elimination. Better school systems can address child-related issues including child labour. Education should be strengthened.” 

The original blog was published by Nepal Live Today.

June 22, 2022
Kushum Sharma