“Education 2030 and the eradication of child labor”. This was the theme of the workshop organized at the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Turin (Italy) from 06 to 10 November 2017.
The workshop brought together representatives from Burkina Faso, Comoros, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Switzerland and Haiti, including the Director General of the Ministry of Education. One of the objectives was to enable participants to: develop a better understanding of the links between the achievement of the 2030 Education Goal and the elimination of child labor; identify different strategies to combat vulnerability to child labor and exclusion of children from education; reflect on the roles that stakeholders can play in achieving education by 2030 and eliminating child labor by 2025.
Per ILO estimates, about 218 019 000 children are working around the world; 151,622,000 of these children are between the ages of 6 and 14, and 75,525,000 children are performing hazardous work for their health, physical, social or mental development. Dangerous work refers to activities that jeopardize the education of children, activities that affect them in any schooling.
This workshop also allowed participants to review key international frameworks related to education and the issue of child labor. Special attention was paid to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the various ILO Conventions on the minimum age for employment, and the worst forms of child labor, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically Goal 4, which promotes equitable and quality inclusive education.
The eradication of child labor; an obligation
The participants in this workshop concluded that education and the eradication of child labor cannot be the exclusive business of the Ministries of Education of the countries.
The Director General of the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP), Dr. Meniol Jeune, expressed his appreciation of the participatory approach used by the facilitators and the quality of the exchanges between the participants. It intends to work to sensitize the educational actors on this theme and to promote the eradication of child labor.
Representatives of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR) at this training, Peterson Cadet and Marckens Saint-Louis, propose to work on the definition of a training plan for the “protection peers” through sessions of restitution of the fundamental axes of the process of eradication of child labor.
Geslet Bordes, Child Protection Officer at UNICEF Haiti, expressed its satisfaction for the main tools already available on this theme. The knowledge gained during this workshop will be used to operationalize the action plan that will be prepared with the effective participation of MENFP and IBESR.
For quality, inclusive education in Haiti by 2030, let’s all say: “No to child labor, and yes to children in classrooms!”
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