The eradication of child labour is one of our key priorities. There is broad consensus that the single most effective way to eradicate child labour is to improve access to and the quality of education. Universal quality education can break intergenerational cycles of poverty and dependence on child labour.
We have been developing and supporting anti-child labour projects in target countries across the world for over 10 years. Our projects focus on making the school environment conducive so as to attract children to school and prevent school abandonment. Working closely with our member organisations, we engage school leaders and teachers, parents and the wider community in projects with a holistic approach that cover issues around quality teaching, safe schools, professional ethics, inclusive education, gender equality and the status and employment conditions of teachers.
Our allies in this area are the ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the global unions, including ITUC, the IUF, BWI and other civil society organisations at international and national level, such as the Dutch Stop Child Labour Coalition, the German GEW Fair Childhood Foundation, the AOb and Mondiaal FNV. Education International is a member of the civil society coalition Global Campaign for Education, the Global March against Child Labour, and Alliance 8.7.