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Thursday, 11 June 2015

World Day Against Child Labour 2015, June 12

Theme 2015 : Non, au travail des enfants- Oui, à une éducation de qualité!
2015 الموضوع: لا، لعمل الأطفال - نعم، لجودة التعليم

 Statement by Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General International Labour Organization on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour 2015.

 The unacceptable reality is that today millions of children around the world, some as young as five, are still working for their survival and that of their families. Yet progress has been made and should spur us all to re-commit to action to end child labour. On this World Day we highlight the link between education and child labour.

Making this link is key to developing effective strategies that can break the cycle of poverty which is a key factor, if not the sole factor, in producing child labour.

As things stand, the aspirations of many parents for their children and of children themselves for a decent education will remain unfulfilled dreams. Many girls and boys have no chance to attend school. Some try to combine school and work, but all too often must drop out of school well before reaching the legal age of employment and become child labourers.

The situation today is further aggravated by the impact of conflicts and crises. In conflict zones, students and sometimes their teachers have been the victims of violent attacks and kidnapping. Reports of schools being destroyed are not uncommon. The infrastructure of stability and prosperity is being undermined. In a range of circumstances families are fleeing physical and economic insecurity, crossing borders and hoping for a better life. Children make up a large share of these migration flows, at times travelling without their parents. Such journeys are frequently paths to child labour and exploitation.

Without adequate education, former child labourers are more likely than others to end up in poorly paid and insecure work as adults or to be unemployed. And there is a high probability that they will live in poverty and that their children will share the same fate.

A collective challenge and responsibility is to enable all children, girls and boys, to have access to education, quality education. Second-class education perpetuates second-class citizens. We all know that a solid education and good teachers can make a world of difference to the lives and futures of children and young people.

In 2014, the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai powerfully symbolized the close connection between the right to freedom from child labour and the right of all girls and boys to education. Their courage, their persistence and their vision should inspire us all to step up our action.

Ultimately, a future without child labour calls for inclusive development policies integrating decent work for adults, social protection floors and sound education systems. With political will and determination at all levels of development, priorities can be set, policy choices can be made and integrated action can be taken. A key challenge for the post-2015 development agenda and for action at global, regional and national levels is to secure sustainable and significant change.

The International Labour Organization and its government, employer and worker constituents have been in the forefront of the fight against child labour for nearly a century. We remain committed to working nationally, internationally and with the multilateral system to ensure children’s right to education and freedom from child labour as well as its corollary, the dignity of decent work for adults.

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-general.

 FORUM World Day Against Child Labour - June 12
World Report on Child Labour 2015: Paving the way to decent work for young people 
On this year’s World Day Against Child Labour we call for:
  • free, compulsory and quality education for all children at least to the minimum age for admission to employment and action to reach those presently in child labour;
  • new efforts to ensure that national policies on child labour and education are consistent and effective;
  • policies that ensure access to quality education and investment in the teaching profession.

EVENTS :  In 2015 the World Day Against Child Labour will focus particularly on the importance of quality education as a key step in tackling child labour. 

High Level Pannel Discussion - World Day Against Child Labour 2015

It is very timely to do so, as in 2015 the international community will be reviewing reasons for the failure to reach development targets on education and will be setting new goals and strategies.
  1. Jordan marks World Day Against Child Labour  - 13 June 2015
    This year’s events highlight the importance of education as a key step in tackling child labour.
  2. High-Level Panel Discussion on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour 2015 - 12 June 2015
    On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour, you are invited to join an interactive discussion on the theme of “No to child labour - Yes to quality education”.
  3. World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June 
    The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of working children. Observed on June 12th, the day is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.
  4. Combating child labour through skills and livelihoods training for older children in some Arab States - (8 - 11 June 2015)
    The four-day regional workshop will examine ways in which participants from various Arab States can prepare and deliver skills and livelihoods training to older children who are at risk or removed from child labour.
  5. Commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour 2015 - 22 May 2015
    The annual World Day Against Child Labour has been observed on 12th June 2015 since 2002. The theme for this year is Say No to child labour, Yes to Quality Education. Education is a human right and a key factor in reducing poverty and child labour.
  6. Jordan trains new partners on ways to combat child labour - (15 - 19 May 2015)
    ILO and its partners train inspectors from the Greater Amman Municipality on ways to better identify and report on child labour cases.
  7. Jordan expands rollout of its National Framework to Combat Child Labour - (13 May - 2 June 2015)
    Jordanian ministries, supported by the ILO, meet with inspectors from across the country to review their implementation of the National Framework, in efforts to expand rollout activities
  8. Pilar Jurado will dedicate her concert at the LaborArte Festival 2015 to the Music against Child Labour Initiative - 11 May 2015
    At the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, in Madrid, Pilar Jurado, ILO Special Contributor, will dedicate her concert at the LaborArte Festival 2015.
  9. “Raise Our Voices”, new song against child labour - 16 March 2015
    “Raise Our Voices” is a new song by DEYSofficial, a group composed of four Canadian siblings who have been singing professionally since they were children.
  10. Pilar Jurado will perform her song for the eradication of child labour  -20 February 2015
    At Auditorio Municipal Maestro Padilla en Almería, Pilar Jurado, ILO Special Contributor, will perform her new song "Lullaby to sing to sleep a child who never rests"
  11. "Today Festival - Say NO to Child Labour" concert  -20 February 2015
    Music event organised by the Soroptimist International Club of Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) in collaboration with the ILO on the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice
  12. Ministry of Labour, ILO, UNICEF, Save the Children launch study on plight of working children on streets in Lebanon  -16 February 2015
    ILO, UNICEF, Save the Children International and Ministry of Labour in Lebanon jointly launch new study.

World Report on Child Labour 2015: Paving the way to decent work for young people 

Resources :
- World Report on Child Labour 2015: Paving the way to decent work for young people 
- "Work in Progress", the ILO's Blog 
- Fighting Child Labour with quality education 

-Combating child labour through education  - brochure

Campaign :

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