Kosovo: 6,8% of children work in dangerous conditions

Kosovo: 6,8% of children work in dangerous conditions

Pristina, 13 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The exploitation of children for work in Kosovo continues to remain high. Although there are no proper studies which identify real figures, the statistics issued by authorities indicate that this phenomenon continues to be worrying.

According to the Kosovo Agency of Statistics, the percentage of children aged 5-17 who work seems to be 10,7%, while 6,8% of children work in dangerous conditions.

Coalition of NGOs for the protection of Children, KOMF, stressed today once again the importance of fighting this phenomenon and the direct impact that it has in the wellbeing of children.

KOMF declared that there is still no adequate institutional will on a central and local level in relation to the protection of children from hard work.

“This is noticed in the lack of budget for the implementation of the approved legislation and this results in the lack of services or alternative which would protect children from hard work”, the declaration says.

This organization says that the majority of children who do hard work, are not able to enjoy their rights as children.

“Children are exposed to a number of risks regarding health and different forms of violations of their rights, including negligence, physical and psychological abuse, lack of access in education, lack of accommodation and they are often exposed to sexual exploitation and trafficking”, this organization says.

Meanwhile, PM Isa Mustafa expressed today his personal commitment and that of his government for the children of Kosovo, who, according to him, represent today’s reality and the successful future of the country.

“The government of Kosovo has made progress in its work toward making children a priority and we have done this through the National Development Agency 2018-2021, where all of its pillars drive the government efforts toward the development of educational infrastructure, health, strengthening of the rule of law and the development of other infrastructures necessary for the stability of our country”, the PM said. /balkaneu.com/