2.1 million Malawians in child labour


The Ministry of Labour has disclosed that the country has about 2.1 million children in child labour and has stressed the need for action to address the problem.

Labour Minister Vera Kamtukule disclosed this on arrival in Durban, South Africa, where she is attending the fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour.

Vice President Saulos Chilima is leading the Malawi delegation at the conference.


Kamtukule said the country could not pay a blind eye to child labour issues because they affected the social economic system.

Speaking to The Daily Times, she was quick to say Malawi data had to be verified by conducting “stand alone targeted surveys on a regular basis to find out where things are” because the data being used were from 2015.

“With all interventions, this number could have even gone down but, in the absence of verifiable data, we cannot say for sure,” she said.


Globally, 160 million children are in child labour, 8.4 million of them have just been added between 2017 and 2022.

According to Kamtukule, as a member state of the International Labour Organisation, and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the conference is pivotal to Malawi’s efforts to deal with child labour.

According to the minister, the key role for her ministry at the conference is to implement the code of conduct for the elimination of child labour within the Sadc region as well as escalating lessons learnt throughout Africa and globally.

Chilima was delegated by President Lazarus Chakwera to attend the fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour, which will run from May 15 to May 20 2022 but he will return back home on Tuesday, May 17.

Apart from Chilima, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa and Malawi Ambassador to South Africa Stella Ndau are attending the conference.

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