Root causes are being addressed.
In a country that relies heavily on agriculture, in Tanzania, one in every three children works to support their families. Child labourers are often found in remote, rural areas, and many work in hazardous conditions.
- 84% of the parents of children working on the tobacco farms come from poor and very poor socio-economic backgrounds.
- According to the 2006 Tanzania Labour Force Survey, 20.7% of children are engaged in child labour in Tanzania
- Tanzania’s main tobacco-producing areas tend to have low primary school enrollment
- Most child labourers in Tanzania are unpaid family workers and work in addition to attending school.
To help these children, the ECLT Foundation formed and supported Village Child Labour Committees on issues of child labour, identification, and monitoring. Because it is common for families to live six hours by foot from the nearest village, we also provided bicycles to committee members so that they could reach as many children as possible.
With the support of Winrock International and in partnership with the ILO, we’ve sponsored a conference convened by the Tanzania government—resulting in a commitment to action to end child labour in agriculture.
Learn more about all of our projects in this country:
- Promoting Sustainable Practices to Eradicate Child Labour in Tobacco (PROSPER) Project, 2011-2015
- Urambo Tobacco Sector Project (UTSP) II, 2007–2011
- Urambo Tobacco Sector Project (UTSP), 2004–2006
- 20 community activists have been trained to identify vulnerable children.
- 4,600 children have participated in after-school mentoring and enrichment activities that keep them out of child labour.
- 20,000 individuals have been made aware of the hazards of child labour.
- We’ve helped 3,800 farmers advocate for fair working conditions and the withdrawal of children from child labour.
- We’ve provided entrepreneurship training and loans to 1,530 mothers.
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