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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.

Our work against child labour

  1. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    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.

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  2. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    Education International - working globally to end child labour

    Education unions affiliated to EI are participating in projects aimed at developing child labour free zones in 10 countries: Burkina Faso, India, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nicaragua, Uganda, Tanzania, Togo and Zimbabwe.

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Mali: more than 1000 children have returned to school thanks to Malian teachers

  1. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    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."

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  2. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    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).

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Uganda’s teachers are crucial agents of positive change

  1. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    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.

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  2. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    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...

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The unions of Zimbabwe unite against child labour

  1. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    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.

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

  1. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-12

    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.

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  2. Equity and inclusion 2017-06-11

    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...

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Our policy on child labour