Feb 6, 2017
Child Labour Free Zones in India and Africa
A Child Labour Free Zone is a (geographical) area where all working children are being withdrawn from child labour and are (re)integrated into formal, full-time quality schools. If children are above the legal working age they shall get the chance to continue their education and/or receive vocational education/training or enter decent youth employment.
This approach was successfully pioneered in India by the MV Foundation who withdrew more than a million children from work and guided them into school. Their approach is now also part of the Education Act.
The MVF approach has also inspired Africa, where it is already being implemented in 6 countries while more countries are planning to do so.
Between 16 and 19th of April 2013 120 delegates from 24 countries, within and outside the African continent, gathered at the Conference Out of Work, Into School - Working towards Child Labour Free Zones in Kampala, Uganda. During this conference, organized by Stop Child Labour and her local partners, the area-based approach and the Child Labour Free Zones were discussed as the most effective and successful way to combat child labour in Africa.
Read more about – among others - the Child Labour Free Zones, watch the speech of Dutch Minister of Trade and Development Co-operation and read the Kampala Declaration and the Conference Background Paper.
Child Labour Free Zones in India (flyer Stop Child Labour)|
A child labour free zone is a specific area,
such as a village, plantation, urban
neighborhood or an industrial cluster,
where everyone is convinced that ‘No child
should be working, every child should be in
school!’ Teachers, local authorities, village
leaders, employers, parents and children in
these zones work together to get children
out of work and into school. Child labour is
no longer accepted, because all children
are entitled to good, full-time education.
||Two districts in Indian T-Shirts Town Tirupur now free of child labour|
In May 2014 Stop Child Labour started the program Out of work and into school, with ICN as an active partner. We are working on expanding and strengthening child labour free zones, where possible with the active involvement of companies. We are committed to help children from sectors such as clothing, stone (both India) and coffee (Uganda) to go from work to school. Since 2014, there have been set up child labour free zones in 76 areas worldwide. Nearly 10,000 children were removed from work and to school or protected against early school leaving. On 28 December, in the Indian city of Tirupur, where many of our T-shirts come from, two wards celebrated that they are child labour free now. It is also the start of more activities to get more children from work to school.
See the five-minute film made about this celebration: https://youtu.be/VvYK-eW0kRw. A written report is also available: http://www.indianet.nl/pdf/SAVE-CLFZ-StateConferenceReport.pdf.