May 4, 2006
The ILO is aiming too low
For most children the end of child labour is not within reach
Monique Lempers, international coordinator of the Stop Child Labour campaign, said that “in order to reach the internationally agreed targets of all children in school by 2015 these groups (domestic and farm labourers) must be accounted for and enrolled in formal fulltime education.”
The SCL campaign also criticises the ILO action plan in the report for its narrow focus on the worst forms of child labour. While we agree that the worst forms must be abolished SCL worries that this report holds out no hope for the millions of children trapped in other forms of labour.
SCL however does welcome the inextricable link confirmed within the report between the eradication of all forms of child labour and the need to enroll all children in fulltime formal education.
“We believe that the right of every child to education and protection from child labour must be enforced. This is the responsibility of all governments around the globe” continues Gerard Oonk, SCL senior policy advisor.
The report also fails to bridge the gap between its own convention C.138 regarding the minimum age of employment (15) and the international goal of five years of primary education by 2015 (Millennium Development Goal 2). This can result in children leaving school as young as eleven and therefore vulnerable to exploitation in the labour market.
Monique Lempers and Gerard Oonk 00-31-30-2321340
* ‘Stop Child Labour – School is the best place to work’ is a consortium of the Alliance2015 organizations Hivos, Concern, DWHH, PIN, Cesvi and Ibis in co-operation with the India Committee of The Netherlands, the Dutch Federation of Trade Unions (FNV) and the Dutch Teachers Union (AOb).
India Committee of The Netherlands - May 4, 2006