Education to Combat Abusive Child Labor
Ghana, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Bulgaria, Nepal
September 2000 – ongoing
remain among the most vulnerable populations in the world.
More than 300 million children between the ages of 15 and
17 are economically active. More than 100 million children
work in hazardous situations or conditions. Eight million
four-hundred thousand children are involved in forced and
bonded labor, armed conflict, prostitution, and illicit activities.
Drawing from a rich history designing and implementing basic
education activities tailored to the needs of populations,
USAID wished to play a prominent role in addressing child
labor issues. The agency engaged the BEPS activity to design
and implement innovative programming utilizing education
as a driving force to combat child labor.
The BEPS Education
to Combat Abusive Child Labor Activity aims to provide technical,
management, and program assistance
to USAID missions, regional bureaus, and organizations to
combat abusive child labor throughout the world. Using basic
education as the principal intervention, ECACL combats abusive
child labor situations by providing technical assistance
and advisory services; facilitating program planning and
coordination; conducting applied research; organizing conferences
and workshops; implementing pilot projects; and developing
information networks and dissemination systems.
This activity integrates and coordinates child labor activities
with USAID’s ongoing and planned mission-level programs
in democracy and governance; human rights; health and nutrition;
education; environmental management; economic growth; agriculture;
HIV/AIDS; women in development; and other sectors of socioeconomic
development. The BEPS team has launched pilot projects in
USAID’s four geographical regions: Latin America and
the Caribbean (Honduras), Asia and the Near East (Nepal),
Europe and Eurasia (Bulgaria), and Africa (Ghana).
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