ECLT Foundation e-News October 2014
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Making a Better Life for Children in Tobacco-Growing Communities
ECLT Foundation in Action
REALISE Project Helps Working Youth Achieve their Dreams

Realizing Livelihoods Improvement through Savings and Education (REALISE) project in Uganda is working to withdraw 240 children, ages 15-17, from the worst forms of child labour and equip them with artisan apprenticeship training, giving them marketable skills in various trades.


Uganda Women's Efforts to Save Orphans (UWESO), the implementing partner, has identified artisans in the target communities who will train 180 children in their places of work for a given period of time. The other 60 children withdrawn from child labour have been enrolled at Nile Vocational Institute where they will learn various trades including motor mechanics, tailoring, masonry and brick-laying, cooking, plumbing and electrical.

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News From the Field
Empowering Farmers to Provide Decent Youth Employment Opportunities in Malawi

According to the Malawi Employment Act of 2000, children age 14 and older are free to work so long as it is in a job where they are not engaged in hazardous labour. However, today, 91% of employed youth in Malawi have a stake in agriculture where much of the work they do is considered hazardous and, therefore, illegal.


The ECLT Foundation and Child Labour Elimination Actions for Real Change (CLEAR) Project implementing partners, the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Tobacco Association of Malawi (TAMA), International Labour Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, Tobacco Control Commission, Employers Consultative Association of Malawi, and Malawi Congress of Trade Unions are seeking to change that.



Global Progress to End Child Labour
Farming Families and Communities: Strongholds of Food Security and Sustainable Development

The UN declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, so it's no surprise that this year's World Food Day (16 October) theme is 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.' As such, this theme is a reminder of the critical role traditional family farming and community agriculture continue to play in both developing and developed countries.


Family farming and community agriculture contribute to food security and nutrition; employment, income generation and sustainable livelihoods; local, national and global trade and agriculture supply chains; sustainable use and management of natural resources, such as land and water; and sustainable development.


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Message from the Executive Director
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: 25 Years Strong

On 20 November 1989, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first legally binding international treaty that recognizes the human rights of children-the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history, the CRC commemorates 25 years of protecting children's rights to survival, development, protection, and participation.


The CRC's 25th anniversary is a time to recognize and celebrate the impact the Convention has had on millions of children's lives, and how it has informed the work of stakeholders around the globe, the ECLT Foundation included. ECLT Foundation-funded projects' five key components correlate directly with the vision of, and the rights guaranteed in, the CRC.


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