The twin challenges of child labour and educational marginalisation in the ECOWAS region - An overview

As part of the efforts to address the present urgent situation, Governments and regional institutions have developed the ECOWAS Child Policy and the accompanying Strategic Plan of Action for the ECOWAS Child Policy, as well as the West Africa Regional Action Plan to Eliminate Child Labour (and especially its Worst Forms) and the Accra Declaration of the ECOWAS-ILO Symposium on West Africa Regional Action Plan which signal the national intent to eliminate child labour and provide an essential framework for efforts to achieve this goal. This Report was produced to help translate these plans into concrete actions. It is specifically aimed at building the evidence base necessary for the design and targeting of specific interventions against child labour. It brings together the most recent available information from a variety of national household surveys to provide a detailed picture of child labour and the related challenge of educational marginalisation in the ECOWAS region.