The International Day against Child Labour falls on 12th June. The Caritas Kandy – SETIK has been organizing various programmes to mark this day as an annual event and this year’s Day against Child Labour was celebrated on Saturday the 06th June 2015 in Matale with the participation of about 350 people including children, parents, government officers and religious dignitaries from all four main religions.
The day programme commenced at 10.00 am with a peaceful walk at St. Thomas’ Catholic Church in Matale and participants walked around the Matale city, distributing leaflets, displaying placards to combat Child Labour and to eradicate child abuses.
Later, the crowd gathered at the main hall of the St. Thomas’ College, Matale for a public meeting. The proceedings of the meeting began with the lighting of traditional oil lamp and a traditional welcome dance performed by the little children of Rainbow class of Rattota.
The programme of the public meeting consisted of a number of activities such as short video films on child rights and two speeches by Ven. Dikkubura Indrajothi Thero and Rev. Fr. Desmond Perera, the Director of Caritas Kandy SETIK.
Each child was presented with a token of gift to appreciate their participation in the event and the programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Rev. Fr. Aruna Laksiri, the coordinating Priest of the Matale district.
“Let’s Build a New World for the Children” is the theme of this year’s Caritas Kandy – SETIK Day against Child Labour.