A song by children in Türkiye to help elimination of child labour

Date issued: 22 April 2023 | Size/duration: 2:19

A song by children to help elimination of child labour:

“Every child blossom like rose, Let their hearts fill with joy”

- The International Labour Organization (ILO) Türkiye Office continues its efforts for the effective implementation of the ILO's Program to Support Children's Rights through Education, Arts and Media (SCREAM).

In this context, the Project for Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Türkiye carried out efforts with the British Culture College in Ankara this year. In the school where SCREAM modules were applied, students were informed about what child labour is and its harms. Students reinforced what they learned by expressing them through art. In addition to stories, pictures and poems, the students also wrote and composed a song. Contributing to raising awareness about the subject, students made a video for the song on the occasion of April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day. They continue their efforts to spread the song so that it reaches wider audiences.

The coordinator of the project, ILO Senior Project Coordinator Koray Abacı, reminded that they have been implementing the SCREAM program for many years as the Office, and stated that the program helps children to internalize the subject more deeply through art. “When a child understands the importance of combating child labour, s/he conveys this awareness to his family, mother, father, and siblings and becomes a responsible individual. Let's not forget that child labour can be eliminated when we all show determination. Raising generations who are aware of this issue is one of the most important contributions to the solution.”

British Culture College Principal Cansen Öncü said, “My biggest goal for our children is that they become individuals who know and use their rights in a better and livable world and produce solutions and empathize with children who cannot use them. At this point, our cooperation with the International Labour Organization is very valuable for us. While we were applying SCREAM modules, realizing that our students gained awareness, produced solutions and internalized them; increased our hope for the future and made us very proud. I hope that one day we will not have to talk about equality of opportunity, and we will leave a more livable world for all children.”

The video can be watched at this link