World Day Against Child Labour


12 June: World Day Against Child Labour

“NO to child labour – YES to quality education!” is the theme of this year’s  World Day against Child Labour.


Every 12 June, Education International and its member organisations worldwide celebrate the World Day Against Child Labour.

It is an occasion to highlight the global extent of child labour and raise awareness on the situation of millions of children, girls and boys, working across the globe.

For EI and its affiliated teacher unions, World Day against Child Labour is also a good time to reiterate that every child has the right to a free quality public education.

On this year’s World Day Against Child Labour, Education International calls for:

  • education to be recognised as a public good, a fundamental human right and a basis for guaranteeing the realization of other rights and a key to achieving poverty eradication;
  • the provision of 12 years of publicly-funded, equitable quality primary and secondary education, of which at least nine years are free and compulsory, leading to relevant learning outcomes and ensuring that all children are in school and are learning;
  • the provision of at least one year of free and compulsory quality pre-primary education; and
  • teachers and educators to be empowered, adequately recruited, well-trained, professionally-qualified, motivated and supported within well-resourced, efficient and effectively governed systems.


Worldwide, education unions will take a lead or partner in public activities in their country to eradicate child labour and promote education opportunities for all children.

The ILO launched the first World Day in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.

Teacher unions have been pioneers in the movement to prevent and eliminate child labour. In the past years, many EI affiliates have carried out successful campaigns in their country. They consider the fight against child labour to be a core component of the right to education advocacy.

For more information: World Day against Child Labour 2015.



No to Child Labour! Yes to Education!

This short documentary shines the spotlight on successful strategies by the Moroccan National Teachers' Union (SNE) to prevent child labour by reducing school drop-out rates. A production of EI, in cooperation with SNE and NEA. Archival footage courtesy of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Vidéo: Zara’s letter, 2011

This documentary of 15 minutes talks about the life of Zara and child labour in Turkey. A production of EI, in cooperation with AOb and CNV-O, EI Dutch member organisations.


EI publications:



ILO-IPEC WDACL 2015 web page

ILO-IPEC website

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