Second phase of combating child labour project [Archives:2004/740/Business & Economy]

May 24 2004

The ministry of social affairs and labour of Yemen is preparing a national strategy for the implementation of the second phase of the project on combating child labour, according to an agreement signed with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The second phase includes naming the targeted groups and areas in the process of curbing child labour in line with evaluation of the work of the first phase of the plan.
The ministry will take into consideration, in the second phase of the project, the benefiting from database and statements reached at during the first phase of the project on combating child labour in a manner compatible with ILO agreements. The ministry is also to exert attention to limiting child labour volume and to try to bring them back to schools and technical training centers and institutes.
ILO director in Yemen Ms Sameera Da'er confirmed during the meetings of the workshop that was held in Sana'a that there was a necessity for generalizing the accomplished works in order to score more gains and to curb child labour.
The General Federation of Trade Unions in Yemen views that there is a necessity for involving partners in the society for implementing the second phase of the project and realization of positive results. Field surveys estimate the volume of child labour in the capital Sana'a and the major cities and in the countryside at 1500 thousand child workers exposed to the worst images of exploitation by employers. The phenomenon of child labour has affected levels of their learning as the majority of them have leaked from the primary stage of schooling due to their families living circumstances.