A Global Focus
World Day Against Child Labour
While the ECLT Foundation works year round to prevent children from entering child labour and withdraw those engaged in it in the areas where we operate, every year, on World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), 12 June, we join the International Labour Organization (ILO), ILO/IPEC and others around the globe to raise awareness and call for swift action by all stakeholders involved to end child labour.
Each year the ILO draws attention to a specific angle of child labour and the policies and actions that can make a difference in eliminating it.
2015 World Day – ‘NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education!’
This year’s theme for WDACL focused on quality education. Our funded projects commemorated World Day Against Child Labour 2015 with awareness-raising and celebratory events including speeches, games and competitions, dramas, dances, and parades.
Quality education is a permanent component of all ECLT Foundation-funded projects under Immediate Objective 2: Improve access to quality education and other basic social services at district and community level. This objective is pursued in all ECLT Foundation-funded projects, mostly by enhancing school attendance and performance by improving the learning environment of children at school.
Improvements that have taken place in ECLT Foundation projects include the rural community mobilization to build a good house for the local teacher (CLEAR, Malawi) and to ensure a free, nutritious lunch for children by getting the volunteers to work in the school gardens (REALISE, Uganda). The ECLT Foundation’s Key Intervention Projects (KIPs) focus on securing a safe school-to-work transition. In Guatemala, this means securing that children of the La Maquina District complete their primary compulsory education cycle and can access quality secondary education including vocational training. In Malawi and Zambia, this translates to securing safe work in agriculture for young workers in targeted tobacco-growing communities.
The focus of the 2015 ILO World Report on Child Labour will be on facilitating the transition from school into work and in fighting hazardous child work for children aged 15-18, a theme that is at the heart of the projects and policy interventions of the ECLT Foundation. All ECLT Foundation projects work with target-areas communities to identify marginalized children, re-enroll them in school, and equip teachers with pedagogical skills to get the best out of them. With equal opportunity, these children can realize their potential and break the cycle of poverty that could otherwise condemn their generation.Read additional highlights from past ECLT Foundation World Day Against Child Labour events: