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ILO, FAO offer free course on elimination of child labor in agriculture

The 2018 theme of the Day of the African Child is “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development.” Speedy inter-institutional action remains essential to achieving SDG 8.7 in the continent


ABIDJAN (ILO News)– ILO and FAO are jointly publishing a free e-learning course to raise awareness about child labor among the main actors in the agricultural, livestock, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors.

The course available in English, French and Spanish is timely, considering that disclosures in the ILO global report for 2012- 2016 show that almost 71 per cent of 152 million child laborers globally work in agriculture. The figure reflects an upward trend from 59 per cent in the previous reference period.

While the number of child labor in general is decreasing slowly worldwide, child labor in agriculture has risen alarmingly.
In Africa, one in five children is a child laborer, which translates into a total of 72 million children, with 62 million of them (or 85 per cent) working in agriculture.

Child labor in agriculture can jeopardize children’s wellbeing and, by reducing the time they can dedicate to education, it can compromise their future development. Furthermore, child labor drives down the wages of adult workers, pushing even more children into child labor because of their parents’ persistent poverty.

A vicious cycle of poverty is thus triggered affecting children, their families and their communities. Rural poverty is one of the root causes and also consequences of child labor. The involvement and contribution of agriculture stakeholders is therefore crucial to propose alternative support for production and household incomes without recourse to child labor.

ILO- FAO e-learning: a tool to contribute to eradicate child labor

The FAO- ILO e-learning course is an effective tool to equip practitioners in the agricultural sector with knowledge and practical guidance on concrete actions to take in the quest to eradicate child labor in agriculture. The course responds to the specific needs of various professional figures, allowing them to choose a path suitable for their functions.

Apart from the introductory module, it contains modules on data evaluation and generation, coordination of concerned stakeholders and concrete means for integrating this theme into agricultural policies and programmes.

Moreover, it offers modules on monitoring and evaluation of child labour indicators, as well as on capacity development and effective communication.

Although the course targets primarily agricultural and rural decision-makers responsible for agricultural and rural development programmes, agricultural researchers and statisticians, it is also highly relevant for other target audiences, such as staff of the Ministries of Labour, Education and Social Welfare, NGOs and university students.

The course is a public good offered by the FAO and ILO, with financial support from the Monarchy of The Netherlands. It is interactive and available in English, French and Spanish languages at the FAO e-learning center.

For further information on Child Labour, please contact Sophie De Coninck, ILO Senior specialist on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work |deconinck@ilo.org 

For media queries or interview requests, please contact ILO Senior Communications Officer- Regional Office for Africa- Guebray Berhane |guebray@ilo.org 

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