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* Sri Lanka President to launch a national program to end child labor and abuse
Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 07:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 07, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena tomorrow will inaugurate a national program conceptualized by the President to end child labor and abuse and protect children.

The inaugural ceremony of the National Program "Letís Protect Children" will be held by the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of the President, at the Provincial Sports Complex in Digana, Kandy at 09:00 a.m., Friday (08).

The program aims to protect children and to create a better environment conducive to their physical and mental development. Ending child labor in Sri Lanka, preventing child abuse and using children for unlawful activities, are among the main objectives of this national program.

Under this program counselling, legal consultation, entertaining complaints as well as public awareness - raising will be conducted. The project is scheduled to be implemented within the next two years Island-wide at provincial and district level.

Adhering to the United Nations Conventions President Sirisena last year signed the Convention for ending Child Labor developed by the International Labor Organization with the aim to completely eliminate child labor from the country. President also signed the pledge to declare Sri Lanka as a country free of child labor.

During the inauguration ceremony National Policy on Ending Child Labor in Sri Lanka will be launched, and another program named "Children Who Will Be The Winners Of Tomorrow" which is intended to produce a child endowed with personality who could successfully meet the daunting challenges of the rapidly changing competitive world will also be launched.


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