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Analyzing child labour in Belize

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The Statistical Institute of Belize SIB), this week, released the results of its National Child Activity Survey 2013.

The launch, done jointly by the SIB, Labour Department and the International Labour Organization (ILO), was held at the Jaguar Auditorium, University of Belize, Belmopan Campus.

The data showed that 3.2 percent of Belize’s children were involved in child labour, and almost all children in child labour were involved in hazardous work.

The CAS showed a decline in child labour of almost 50 percent since 2001. There was also a notable shift in there has been a shift in the distribution of children employment: In 2001, Toledo had the highest children employment rate but in 2013, Corozal had the highest.

The Mennonites, by ethnicity, have the highest children employment rate.

Diana Castillo-Trejo, manager of the Data Dissemination Department at SIB explained that the report, from planning and execution to printing took some two and a half years.

“Data processing, data analysis and an extensive review process occurred over a period of about a year,” Trejo said, “this was followed by the report design and review phase, which was done in close consultation with the ILO every step of the way.”

In accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child and the ILO’s Convention C182, a child is anyone under the age of 18 years. All persons aged 5 to 17 years who were engaged in one or more types of economic activity, specified by the report, during the reference period were considered to be victims of child labour.

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