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From Work to School: Putting an End to Child Labour

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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.

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Education unions against child labour

7 July 2021

From work to school

  1. From Work to School: Putting an End to Child Labour 9 May 2021

    What is child labour?

    Child labour refers to work that is a) mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and that b) interferes with children’s schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with...

    Read more What is child labour?
  2. From Work to School: Putting an End to Child Labour 4 May 2021

    What is a child labour free zone?

    Child labour free zones are geographical areas – such as a village, plantation area, small island, urban neighbourhood, or cluster of communities – where all children are systematically being taken away from labour and (re)integrated into formal, full-time schools.

    Read more What is a child labour free zone?
  3. Equity and inclusion

    EI/AOb Child Labour Projects | Transnational Best Practices and Union Impacts

    Nora Wintour
    30 June 2020

    For the last two decades, EI and its affiliates, Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb/the Netherlands) and Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW/Germany), through the Fair Childhood Foundation, have supported projects to reduce school dropout rates and child labour and to contribute to the development of child labour-free zones in over 13 countries on...

    EI/AOb Child Labour Projects | Transnational Best Practices and Union Impacts
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Educators against child labour in Mali

  1. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2017

    More than 1000 children have returned to school thanks to Malian teachers

    In Mali, the SNEC (National Union of Education and Culture) has contributed since 2014 to the development of child labour free zones in the regions of Bougouni, Niono, Macina, Dioila and Bla in partnership with local NGOs (ENDA Alphalog and CAEB).

    Read more More than 1000 children have returned to school thanks to Malian teachers
  2. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2017

    Portrait of a parent: Kadjatou Douna, member of the Syentoula Mothers' Association

    "The happiness expressed by my daughter on her return to school, her academic success and the awareness related to the project convinced me to do everything possible to enable her to continue her education."

    Read more Portrait of a parent: Kadjatou Douna, member of the Syentoula Mothers' Association

Educators against child labour in Nicaragua

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 11 August 2021

    Nicaragua: Creating happier school environments to mitigate child labour

    The education union CGTEN-ANDEN is helping teachers in Nicaragua’s regions of León and La Dalia to diversify their teaching methods and use traditional music, dance and games to make school fun for students. The initiative is part of the union’s project to eradicate child labour.

    Read more Nicaragua: Creating happier school environments to mitigate child labour
  2. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2017

    Nicaragua: A trade union project re-ignites enthusiasm for education

    In Nicaragua, the activities conducted by CGTEN-ANDEN to create a child labour free zone in La Dalia (a district of Matagalpa) have fostered new enthusiasm for education in the region. 83 teachers from 31 schools received training on topics such as communication and negotiation techniques, leadership abilities, and others. The...

    Read more Nicaragua: A trade union project re-ignites enthusiasm for education
  3. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2017

    A summer school to tackle early school leaving

    In December 2016 and January 2017 (the winter and summer holidays in Nicaragua), CGTEN-Anden organised a summer school in La Dalia for two groups of 30 children who left school early or are at risk of dropping out of school.

    Read more A summer school to tackle early school leaving

Educators against child labour in Uganda

  1. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2017

    From coffee plantations to school

    In Uganda, the teachers’ union UNATU (1) has linked up with an NGO and a coffee export business to develop child-labor-free areas in the Western Nile region.

    Read more From coffee plantations to school
  2. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2017

    Portrait of a teacher: Festo Onecan, Headteacher of the Avuru school

    Before the project was launched, some parents viewed children as a source of income.By making them aware, talking openly with them, giving examples of families where children are educated, we are able to make them understand that they have to bring their children back to school.The support of city councillors...

    Read more Portrait of a teacher: Festo Onecan, Headteacher of the Avuru school

Educators against child labour in Zimbabwe

  1. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2017

    The unions of Zimbabwe unite against child labour

    In Zimbabwe, the PTUZ (Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe) and ZIMTA (Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association) unions have been involved in the Out of Work Into School project since 2015.

    Read more The unions of Zimbabwe unite against child labour

Latest news

  1. Equity and inclusion 10 June 2022

    Statement | World Day Against Child Labour

    On June 12th, World Day Against Child Labour, Education International calls on unions to urge governments to implement the Durban Call to Action on the Elimination of Child Labour adopted at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour , held from 15-20 May 2022.

    Read more Statement | World Day Against Child Labour
  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 19 May 2022

    Global conference: Education is the key tool to end child labour

    Education International and its member organisations underlined the importance of educators and their unions to eradicate child labour during the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour held in Durban, South Africa, from 15-20 May. They also highlighted the need to provide teachers with training, and to ensure...

    Read more Global conference: Education is the key tool to end child labour
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 February 2022

    Albania: Education unions' success in combating child labour

    The Albanian trade unions FSASH and SPASH (1) have been involved in projects to combat child labour since 2002, with the support of international partners (2). More than 500 trade union leaders and 6,000 teachers have been trained in preventing dropping-out and in reintegrating former child labourers into school. The...

    Read more Albania: Education unions' success in combating child labour
  4. Equity and inclusion 12 June 2021

    Statement ATUC-EI | World Day Against Child Labour

    The Arab Trade Union Confederation and Education international have issued a statement concerning the Arab region on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June.

    Read more Statement ATUC-EI | World Day Against Child Labour
  5. Equity and inclusion 11 June 2021

    Alarming new child labour numbers reiterate the need for quality public education

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children pushed into child labour has reached 160 million, a 8,4 million increase, with 9 million more at risk. This alarming trend can be effectively addressed by making quality public education accessible to all, a top priority worldwide.

    Read more Alarming new child labour numbers reiterate the need for quality public education
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