Landelijke India Werkgroep

(March 2016)

Stop Child Labour Coalition: Reporting on results

Stop Child Labour (SCL) consists of six Dutch organisations and partner organisations in India and a range of African countries. In May 2014 SCL started the Out of Work and into School project as part of its mission to eliminate and remediate all forms of child labour linked to the right to education for all children, while between 2012 and 2015 it implemented the programme Omarís Dream.

The present programme works on strengthening and expanding child labour free zones in India and Africa, where possible and relevant with the active participation of CSR initiatives and companies. It also works through advocacy and engagement on making supply chains of companies free of child labour in sectors like textiles, footwear, coffee, gold and natural stones and engages with policy makers at various levels.

So far, 3,977 children aged 6-18 have been prevented from dropping out of school. Around 1,000 children aged 6-18 have been placed in bridge schools, preparing them for enrolment into formal education. However, many more children as well as adults have benefited from the project interventions, for example through the awareness raising, school environment improvement, workerís rights programmes, CSR initiatives, adult income generating activities, and lobby & advocacy on community, district and national level. Progress has been made on more engagement with companies and CSR initiatives to involve them in taking responsibility for tackling child labour in their supply chain.
The results of the programme between May 2014 and October 2015 can be found here in two reports.

Between 2012 and 2015 Stop Child Labour started the project Omar's Dream - the beginning of the end of child labour. Thanks to the efforts of all who were involved, in 3.5 year a total of 43,278 girls and boys have been withdrawn or prevented from child labour and have been returned to and retained in school.
In Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Morocco, local organisations have taken the child labour free zone concept to 35 communities. In Mali, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana and Uganda, teachers' unions worked on the improvement of education. And in Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso, partner organisations shared knowledge and experiences.

Here you can find the final report of Omarís Dream and two progress reports of Out of Work and into School:

India Committee of the Netherlands - Mar 24, 2016