Since 2011, the ECLT Foundation has implemented projects in the Kaliua, Sikonge and Urambo Districts of Western Tanzania, in the Tabora Region. Over the course of four years, 5,400 children were removed from child labour and were given access to education. School enrolment increased considerably during the project – in some cases, more than 20 percent – due to school renovations and scholarship programmes. Overall, more than 2,000 young people were trained through model farm schools in agricultural production, and a further 5,200 young people between the ages of 15 and 17 were reached by health and hygiene-awareness campaigns. 20,000 people were also educated on the hazards of child labour, including government officials, church leaders, teachers, parents, children and tobacco companies.
With the start of a new project in 2016, ECLT continues to support policy efforts. ECLT also advances district advocacy and coordination to translate national policy into tangible benefits for children, while continuing to remove children from child labour and promote decent work for teenagers. As this new project brings more key stakeholders together, ECLT aims to maximise synergies and to leverage efforts for a greater impact.
WHO BENEFITED FROM ECLT PROGRAMMES IN TANZANIA
FROM 2013 TO 2016?
OUT OF CHILD LABOUR
The ECLT Foundation identifies vulnerable children and adopts a comprehensive approach to keep them away from child labour:
- the ECLT Foundation withdraws children who are engaged in child labour;
- it prevents children at risk of entering child labour; and
- it protects children who are by law old enough to work but who should not do tasks that are harmful to their health, safety and well-being.
Children taken out of child labour
By providing education opportunities and infrastructure for schools, the ECLT Foundation helps give children a better chance to succeed in life – a means to escape poverty, training for a job that uses their gifts and talents, and someday, an income to support their own children so that they can end the vicious cycle of child labour.
Children enrolled at school
TARGET (December 2017)
Children receiving education support*
*afterschool programmes and scholarships.
When they are well-equipped and supported, children fully participate in school. 1,800 children received scholarships for enrolment, which improved school attendence.
TARGET (end of 2017)
Teens who are in or have graduated from vocational training
Through vocational trainings and apprenticeships, Tanzania’s youth acquire skills to get a job and earn an income that can help them live the life they want.
TARGET (December 2017)
Keeping Children Out of Child Labour with After-School Programmes
When children are removed from child labour, the challenge is to prevent them from returning. After-school programmes keep children at school by engaging them in activities that benefit both teachers and children. ECLT’s after-school project made it possible for more than 2,500 children – 50 percent of whom were girls – to attend after-school sessions up to three times a week in each of the 20 primary schools supported by the project.
ECLT’s after-school programmes include games and school sports competitions, reading and writing, traditional dances, poetry, singing, fine arts, environmental protection education, teaching on child labour issues, debates and other creative activities designed by the teachers. The project provides sport gear and teaching supplies to encourage pupils’ participation.
According to the beneficiary schools, the after-school programmes have many benefits: they strengthen cooperation among schools through athletic competition and use a prize-based system that motivates children to compete and give their best; they improve school attendance and performance as children continue to learn by playing games; and they reinforce children’s confidence and self-esteem and help teachers and parents identify children’s talents. After-school programmes also raise awareness about child labour-related issues through songs and theatre performances given by children in the community.
The ECLT Foundation raises awareness about child labour so that parents and community members know that sending children to the fields instead of schools is a violation of children’s most basic rights.
People trained on child labour issues
With its partners, the ECLT Foundation conducts awareness-raising activities including campaigns, parent and teacher committees, workshops, calendars, publications, radio talk shows and radio dramas.
ECLT works with communities to build their capacity to withdraw children from child labour. We help strengthen local structures and policies to ensure sustainability, and we facilitate the participation of all stakeholders to create synergies for a greater impact.
Using Appropriate Technologies to Improve Access to Clean and Safe Water
Shortages of safe water, coupled with poor sanitation and weak infrastructure, can lead to poor academic performance and high dropout rates among children. This particularly affects girls, who are often responsible for fetching water from sources far beyond their villages.
Through the use of appropriate technologies, such as rope pumps manufactured by local workshops, ECLT’s project has managed to construct 26 water wells. With these pumps, the project has increased access to water in villages, provided schools with safe drinking water, and improved water sanitation at the school level.
Not only are rope pumps a cost-effective, manageable solution to a cross-cutting public health issue, they also have a direct effect on school attendance by freeing school-aged girls of the daily long-distance journey to fetch water.
Poverty is one of the key root causes of child labour. The ECLT Foundation works with communities to increase economic opportunities for families so they can better deal with this everyday struggle.
Mothers receiving conditional loans (2012-15) and joining VSLAs (2016)
Conditional loans are given to mothers who are engaged in business or starting a new business. Loans are given if: 1) mothers agree to enroll and retain at least two school-age children in school, and 2) the beneficiaries agree to participate in child labour monitoring. The beneficiaries receive a business and parenting training.
TARGET (December 2017)
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