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Launch of a Girl Guide Badge on Preventing Child Labour

Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA), in partnership with the ILO in Sri Lanka and Maldives, launched a new badge on preventing Child Labour to mark World Day Against Child Labour last week.

News | 19 June 2019
ILO News (COLOMBO) - Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA), in partnership with the ILO in Sri Lanka and Maldives, launched a new badge on preventing Child Labour to mark World Day Against Child Labour last week.

The child labour batch
Girl guide badges help guides develop important skills, widen their horizons and explore new topics of interest in-depth. The series of tasks and syllabi to attain the Child Labour badge and its unique design was developed by the girl guides themselves, after extensive research on the issues surrounding child labour in Sri Lanka and worldwide. Staff of the ILO and representatives and guides from the SLGGA spent a lively afternoon discussing child labour, progress made in Sri Lanka and the steps to be taken to prevent it.


Ms. Simrin Singh, ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Prof. Anoja Fernando, SLGGA President looking at the newly launched child labour badge
To reduce and prevent child labour first requires knowledge about the topic – it is hoped that the girl guides who complete the badge on child labour will go on to become ambassadors for change, raising awareness about the topic. The Girl Guides movement in Sri Lanka has a diverse and active network of over 84,000 around the island. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.

Ms. Simrin Singh – ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives; Prof. Anoja Fernando – SLGGA President; Ms. Srima Perera – Assistant Chief Commissioner; Ms. Sanjievani Buluthota – Commissioner, Girl Guides; Ms. Kokila Arandara – Zonal Commissioner, Colombo and Ms. Dimanthi Gunawardhana – Provincial Development Officer and girl guides from various schools were among those present at the launch.