Together we can stop child labour

No child should be working. Every child has the right to a good education, the right to play and the right to really be a child. Child labour means that poverty continues to exist. Eradicating child labour means development and better opportunities for everyone.

Based on this conviction, Stop Child Labour advocates a good education for children and a reliable income for adults. In Asia, Africa and Latin-America we are working together with national and international organisations, governments, local authorities, trade unions, teachers, employers, parents and children themselves to get all children out of work and into school.

But making changes there, requires taking action everywhere. That’s why we are asking governments, businesses and citizens in Europe and around the globe to shoulder their responsibility and become part of the solution.

We will be able to stop child labour together, if we no longer accept it. Not in mines, not in agriculture, not in factories, not in the household and not in the products we buy.

Child Labour Free Zones

A child labour free zone is a defined area, such as a village or a plantation, where everyone is convinced that ‘No child should be working, every child should be in school!’ Teachers, local authorities, village leaders, employers, parents and children in these zones work together to get children out of work and into school. Child labour is no longer accepted because all children are entitled to good, full-time education. The focus is not on child labour in specific sectors, but on all children who work and do not go to school.

If everyone takes their responsibility, all children can go to school. Activities are initiated within existing community groups, in cooperation with local authorities, to ensure the rights of all children. Adults learn how they can make ends meet without the income generated by their children, for instance by participating in savings and loan groups and developing income-generating activities. Poverty is no excuse.

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