ECLT Foundation e-News June 2015
ECLT Foundation
Making a Better Life for Children in Tobacco-Growing Communities
ECLT Foundation Launches its 2014 Annual Report

Global Progress to End Child Labour
World Day Against Child Labour 2015 - 'NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education!'

12 June marks World Day Against Child Labour, a unique opportunity to draw the world's attention to the fact that 168 million children worldwide continue to be engaged in child labour.


Child labour often is the result of a number of complex factors including the lack of accessible quality education. Access to quality education is critical for the elimination of child labour, not only as it physically removes children from the workplace and puts them in school, but also because quality education is what is needed to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.  

Prioritizing investment in free, public, quality education, and securing decent work, social dialogue and lifelong professional development for teachers are key actions that need to be rapidly upheld if the challenge of universal quality education is to be met.


Today at the ECLT Foundation
ECLT Foundation in Action
National Sustainability Conference on Eliminating Child Labour in Tanzania

The government of Tanzania convened a national conference as a key step in advancing strategies to address and eliminate the root causes of child labour.


The conference focused on three thematic pillars: decent work for youth, education and social protection for children, and strengthening of referral systems.


Key calls from the Conference Outcome Document are: 

  • For the government of Tanzania to build greater collaboration and partnerships to strengthen labour administration and inspection
  • For worker and employer organizations and cooperatives to comply with the Minimum Wage Order
  • For the private sector to provide training to employees and farmers on child labour laws
The Outcome Document will serve as a guide to the Ministry of Labour for reviewing the National Action Plan. 



News From the Field

Save the Children Mozambique Leader Points to Local Successes, National Gaps

According to Inacio Jossitala, REACT Programme Manager of Save the Children Mozambique, there is a major gap in the national plan to combat child labor in Mozambique, and national legislation does not clearly address the issue of child labor and rural poverty.


"Cultural attitudes are also an issue," says Jossitala. "Child labour remains widespread at the community level, and because children are expected to help their parents in the field and in domestic work, they fail to recognize the impact on children."


Jossitala points out that Community Committees for Child Protection play a key role in raising awareness in their communities, and that they are working with schools to reintegrate the children at risk or withdrawn from child labor.


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Message from the Executive Director
ECLT Foundation and ILO Sign Agreement to Combat Child Labour in Tobacco

The ILO and the ECLT Foundation have entered into an agreement in order to develop global guidance on hazardous child labour and occupational safety and health in tobacco growing.

The global guidance will be based on existing and new research and its development will be facilitated by the ILO with advice from experts. It will examine the nature and conditions of hazardous child labour in tobacco growing, and promote tripartite action to ensure that children do not perform this work.


In three of the countries where the ECLT Foundation operates projects, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda, the project will support further capacity of governments and the social partners to develop and implement policies and action plans to combat child labour in agriculture.

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