The World Day against Child Labour is an important moment to reflect on on-going challenges that we face in the fight against child labour and celebrate progress made. This year, the ECLT Foundation’s projects participated in celebrations at local and national levels. These diverse events do more than just raise local awareness about child labour. They provide a chance for connection between different actors from government officials and company representatives, to project partners, community members and children themselves.
Here you can see some highlights from our project countries, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda, where more than 5,000 people gathered in events throughout the month of June.
Community members gathered to hear from about the causes and effects child labour and benefits education from students of the new national tele-school institute. The tele-school opened this year and now provides access to secondary education, which wasn’t previously available for teens in the community. This event, organised for local actors and by local actors, helps to contribute to a positive cultural change.
This event was held on the 14th of June through the coordination of the DNI Costa Rica, local implementing partners for the ECLT Foundation’s EEMPATA project in San José de la Maquina, Guatemala.
More than 1,000 from 8 rural communities gathered for a day of competition and ceremony, as part of the IMPACT awareness raising celebration for this year’s World Day against Child Labour. Students competed in volleyball, basketball, art, song, dance, tug-of-war and arm-wrestling during the festive ceremony day, which also included speeches and songs with messages about ending child labour.
For the first time in the history of commemorating the day, the event was presided over by Malawian President Prof. Peter Mutharika, which included speeches and displays on the diverse efforts against child labour happening in Malawi. With this year’s theme focused on supply chains, many tobacco companies were actively involved in the preparation of the event.
Participants included Trade Unions representing the Employers and Workers, members of diplomatic mission, Regional ILO Director for Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania, INGOs including the Save the Children International and Winrock International, and the ECLT Foundation’s CLEAR project implementing partners CREECOM, Total Land Care and YONECO.
On 12 June 2016, approximately 900 people gathered in Chokwe, Mozambique, to celebrate this year’s world day. Celebrations included a speech from the District Permanent Secretary of Macanga, pledging to continue to work with government to promote children’s rights, and many awareness raising activities.
The event was coordinated by the ECLT Foundation’s implementing partner, Save the Children in collaboration with government sectors of Education, Children Welfare, the Police, private sector partner Mozambique Leaf Tobacco Company and NGO partners Fundação Apoio Amigo and Total Land Care
Other participants included community members, teachers, children, farmers from both the Angónia and Macanga districts.
National celebrations attracting more than 2,000 participants were held in two districts, Bugiri and Hoima with the theme: Ending child labour in supply Chains: It’s everyone’s business”. The events were successful platforms for awareness raising and engagement for many different types of actors affected by child labour, from children, parents, community members and teachers to government representatives, private sector, NGOs, unions and international organisations like the ILO and UNICEF.
Diverse activities during the day provided something for everyone; including messages from government representatives and children; exhibitions from different organisations on actions being taken against child labour; comprehensive health, HIV&TB services, family planning and cancer screening; music, dance and sport.
The ECLT Foundation’s REALISE project implementing partners, UWESO, participated in the coordination of the event.