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"NO to Child Labour, YES to Education"- UN Observes World Day Against Child Labour

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The unacceptable reality is that millions of children around the world, some as young as five, are still working for their survival and for that of their families. Being devoid of adequate education, former child labourers are more likely than others to end up in poorly paid and insecure jobs as adults or to be unemployed altogether. Moreover, There is also a high probability that they will live in poverty and that their children will share the same fate. So on this World Day against Child Labour, we highlight the link between education and child labour with the theme “NO to Child labour, YES to education.”

Mr. Guy Ryder, director of ILO stated “Ultimately, a future without child labour calls for inclusive development policies integrating decent work for adults, social protection floors and sound education systems. With political will and determination at all levels of development, priorities can be set, policy choices can be made and integrated action can be taken. A key challenge for the post-2015 development agenda and for action at global, regional and national levels is to secure sustainable and significant change.“

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To mark the World Day theme No to Child Labour – Yes to Quality Education, hundreds of events will be organized in some 55 countries on 12 June. In Geneva, Kailash Satyarthi and the First Lady of Panama, Ms. Lorena Castillo de Varela will join a panel discussion with delegates attending the International Labour Conference. 

The event in Geneva will also draw attention to a new campaign for ratification of the ILO’s Forced Labour Protocol which was adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2014. The ILO has estimated that as many as 5 million children are trapped in slavery-like conditions, and the vast majority of these lack access to basic education.

2014 Nobel Peace Prize co-Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who will address the ILO's International Labour Conference on 11 June, calls for a change of mindsets: “When we consider our biological children, we think that they are born to become doctors, engineers, and professors – the whole world is for them. But when we talk about other children, we think, ok, they are poor children, let them work, we will slowly help them.Let us consider all children our children.” 

Also, ILO has released a report titled  "World report on Child Labour 2015: Paving the way to decent work for young people" to showcase the current status of child labour around the world and the steps we could take to reduce it.  

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