A key aspect of IPEC’s work is its close collaboration with other ILO departments and technical co-operation programmes, including the development of training modules to help working children develop new skills and creating models to counteract the exclusion of indigenous and tribal peoples from formal education in some countries.
Below is a list of links to these specific departments:
ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP)
ACT/EMP assists employers’ organizations in member States with information, advice and assistance regarding child labour, often in collaboration with IPEC. For more information on ACT/EMP and its child labour projects, visit www.ilo.org/actemp.
ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV)
Child labour is one of the priority areas for technical co-operation for ACTRAV, which currently runs two global projects dealing with this issue: Developing national and international trade union strategies to combat child labour and Action against child labour through education and training. The objective of these projects is to strengthen the ability of trade union organizations to develop policy and action plans to combat child labour. In addition, ACTRAV has developed and published a series of booklets, Trade unions and child labour, to assist trade unions in their activities relating to child labour. These booklets can be downloaded from the ACTRAV web site by clicking on the publication title. For more information on ACTRAV, visit www.ilo.org/actrav.
ILO’s Sectoral Activities Programme on Education
IPEC seeks to enlist the support of teachers, educators and their organizations in raising awareness at local and national levels of the risks of child labour and the importance of education. These campaigns emphasize the need for increased resources to provide universal, free and relevant basic education with special attention to those at high risk of child labour. In addition, they underline the importance of the good status and working conditions of teachers in achieving universal access to quality education. In this context, the ILO’s Sectoral Activities Programme on Education is working to support the application of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is monitored by the joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts (CEART). In addition, SECTOR-Education is implementing an action programme to focus attention on the global shortage of teachers which is of significant concern to IPEC as it is a contributing factor to child labour through its negative impact on the quality and delivery of education. For more information on CEART, visit www.ilo.org/public/english/dialogue/sector/techmeet/ceart/main.htm.
ILO InFocus Programme on Skills (IFP/SKILLS)
By incorporating vocational training in its programmes, IPEC aims to better meet the requirements of the labour market in many of the countries participating in its programmes. To this end, IPEC is working with IFP/SKILLS in a number of areas and projects to develop skills training modules, integrate apprenticeship programmes into its projects and ensure that education and skills training is linked directly to improved employment opportunities for young people withdrawn or prevented from worst forms of child labour. Skills and knowledge are the engines of economic growth and social development and IFP/SKILLS assists individuals to become employable through training, skills development and education. For more information about IFP/SKILLS, visit www.ilo.org/skills.
ILO’s Interregional Programme to Support Self-Reliance of Indigenous and Tribal Communities through Cooperatives and other Self-Help Organizations (INDISCO)
In many cases, children in the worst forms of child labour belong to the lowest strata of society in terms of ethnicity and culture. In this regard, IPEC is working with the INDISCO programme in order to understand better how these exclusion mechanisms affect the education of indigenous and tribal peoples and to develop models to counteract them. These models can then be adapted and replicated in various countries. For more information about ILO/INDISCO, visit www.ilo.org/indisco
Project to Promote ILO Convention No. 169
The Project (PRO 169) works at the policy level. It aims to promote the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, encourage dialogue on the issues affecting them and to build the capacity of these peoples to promote and protect their own rights. It co-operates with governments, employers' and workers' organizations, NGOs and indigenous and tribal peoples' organizations to carry out its objectives. The main task of the Project is to enhance dialogue between governments and indigenous and tribal peoples, thus increasing the capacity of these peoples to participate in, and take responsibility for, development and policy processes that affect them directly. IPEC has launched a new initiative with PRO 169 to improve understanding of the Convention in the field and to identify links to IPEC programmes and projects to eliminate child labour. For more information on PRO 169, visit www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/norm/egalite/itpp/why/index.htm