375 Children in Gianyar Drop Out

GIANYAR ~

A total of 375 children in Gianyar regency, Bali, drop out of school due to working to assist their parents in meeting the needs of their daily life.

“As of May 2014, we have found 375 children working from nine to 15 years old, who are mostly living in rural areas,” said Head of Manpower and Transmigration of Gianyar, Gede Widarma Suharta, on Friday.

When delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the Child Labor Reduction Program-Expected Family Program (PKH-PPA), he stated that these children drop out of school because of financial barriers for having education and want to help their parents.

“Moreover, the tourism industry opens opportunity for children in this region to work,” said Widarma.

Head of Labour Development and Inspection Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, Mochtar Lutfi, on the occasion suggested that the PPA-PKH see the child working activities, such as raising livestock, farming, selling, sewing, weaving, making cakes, carving, sandpaper, and painting.

He encouraged the government of Gianyar regency to get the child labor through PPA-PKH program. “Then give them assistance in shelters for a month so they are motivated again to enter the world of education and reduce child labor and freeing children from various forms of the worst working type,” Muchtar said.

This year Gianyar is chosen as the location for the implementation of the PPA-PKH by setting a target of reducing 180 child workers and dropped out of school from 360 child labor planned by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration.

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