The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour, has released the following statement:
«The right to childhood, at its very core, signifies that minors should only have to face the issues and concerns which are inherent to their young age. The chance to grow up healthy and loved, of living free from want, and of receiving an education, is a significant parameter to measure human progress.
This year, the International Labour Organisation has been promoting a campaign aimed at ensuring the safety of young workers and at putting an end to child labour. Far too often, children exploited for labour around the world are employed in dangerous jobs or in hazardous conditions.
Europe and Italy are not exempt from such phenomena: when children or adolescents are left on their own, they are more likely to get caught up in exploitation networks. We are all called upon to break those chains in order to combat all forms of abuse, while being aware of the necessity to allow young people to develop their skills fully.
A child's inherent vulnerability is the main factor which leads children to become victims of exploitation. Therefore, the role played by people who surround children in their daily life is of paramount importance and of primary responsibility. Schools - the first institutions that children discover - play an essential part in protecting children from those who deny them their childhood rights. Thus, schools are the best allies of children and of young people in aiding them build their future».
Rome, 12th June, 2018