Child Labour Affects 247K Kids Aged 7-17 in Morocco, HCP
247,000 out of 7,049,000 kids aged 7-17 are involved in child labour in Morocco, according to the national survey on employment by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).
In a statement on the World Day Against Child Labour, the HCP said that 162,000 of these children practice a dangerous trade, which means 2.3% of them.
76.3% of the said children are from rural areas, 81% of them are males, and 73% are aged 15-17, said the same source, adding that their number in urban areas is 38,000, which equals 85.6% of the children working in cities (45,000).
However, these figures are respectively 124,000 and 61.4% (202,000 children) in rural areas, said the body.
The survey also showed that four regions of Morocco host 70% of this children category, on top of which Casablanca-Settat (25.3%), followed by Marrakech-Safi (20.3%), Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (12.7%), and Fez-Meknès (11.7%).
Among male children, 132,000 have a dangerous job, which makes for 74.3% of working boys and 3.7% of overall boys aged 7-17, underlined HCP, noting that 10.6% of these children are schooled, while 81.4% are dropouts, and 8% never had an education.
The survey noted that some specific economic sectors represent a danger for working kids as agriculture, forests, fisheries, services, industry, handicraft and construction.
MAP 18 June 2018