Child Labour

How to make Child Labour History in Zambia

Achieving Reduction of Child Labour in Support of Education (ARISE) Project launched its second phase of implementation in Zambia with a renewed commitment from stakeholders to make child labour history.

Press release | Koama | 19 April 2016
KAOMA (ILO NEWS) – The International Labour Organisation (ILO), through a Public Private Partnership with Japan Tobacco International (JTI), launched phase II of the ARISE project to prevent and withdraw children from child labour through education in Zambia.

The project integrates skills training and behavioural change, strengthening capacity for enforcement of regulations, empowering households with micro enterprise skills and raises awareness on child labour and its elimination in tandem with the monitoring and referral services.

During the launch, ILO Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, Mr Alexio Musindo stated that the focus of the phase II implementation is to consolidate the gains made in phase I and to shape change agents and monitors, test models for establishing child labour free zones and support the strengthening of implementation and enforcement of regulatory and policy frameworks on child labour elimination.

Prior to the launch, Alexio Musindo met with the District Child Labour Committee (DCLC) for Kaoma district and the Community Child Labour Committee (CCLC) for Mulalila Community where he urged them to ensure that children remained in school and not on tobacco farms.

“Children's place is in school! We need to invest in their education to end‪ child labour and break the circle of poverty”, he stated.

In the period 2012-2015 under phase I, the project through collective stakeholder efforts was able to withdraw 575 young people from various forms of child labour, prevented 4,327 children from being engaged in child labour activities and sensitised around 10,000 members of the public on child labour.

Additionally, 400 households were supported with economic empowerment initiatives through income generating activities and self-help groups. The project also facilitated the integration of child labour programmes in various institutions including government departments, schools and communities.

The event was attended by Provincial and District Senior Government officials, traditional leaders, JTI Global Director for social programmes, tripartite partners, ARISE project partners, children, youth and members of the community.

Child Labour in Zambia

Zambia has made considerable progress in the fight against child labour over the recent years. However, child labour still remains a significant challenge in the country with higher involvement of children in economic activities compared to other countries of similar status. While there have been many notable actions in Zambia, progress in tackling child labour is still slow. As the country advances in its aspiration to become a prosperous middle income country, much need to be done to steer sustainable growth and the realisation of decent work.