Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan sharing knowledge in combating child labour

Within the framework of activities carried out by IPEC Programme in Central Asia two study tours were organized for tripartite partners in the region to learn experience of combating child labour in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

News | 11 June 2013
The study tours brought together representatives of ministries of labour and social protection, ministries of education, teachers’ unions, trade union federations and employers’ associations. On May 27-29 tripartite partners from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan visited Bishkek to study experience of the Trade Unions of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan in combatting child labour.

The study tour combined training sessions and meetings with governmental officials. Moreover, tripartite partners visited a pilot secondary school in the Moskovsky district of Bishkek and participated in two non-formal education lessons with 35 child labourers based on Training Manual for Teachers in Non-Formal Education and SCREAM package (Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media).

They also held meetings with the school’s administration, teachers and monitors, who shared their practices on how to identify and meet the educational and counselling needs of child labourers and children at risk in order to reduce the school dropouts.

N. Quseynov, head of the department on cultural and public affairs of the teachers’ union of Azerbaijan noted that “the study tour was very useful for building contacts between governmental and non-governmental agencies.”

“I found it extremely important to borrow experience of close cooperation among the parliament, government and teachers’ unions in addressing problems of child labour. Trade unions pilot new models, while the parliament and government adopt good practices to improve social service infrastructures”, said A.Otashehov, specialist at the Child Labour Monitoring Sector, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Tajikistan.

“I was impressed by the level of mutual understanding and coordination between parliamentarians, governmental agencies and teachers’ unions in resolving issues related to the observance of children’s rights. This coordination mechanism is well functioning and innovative”, said A. Sabieva, a representative of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kazakhstan.

“The study tour was very useful for borrowing experience of teachers’ unions and NGOs of Kyrgyzstan in addressing the worst forms of child labour through direct social support for children and their parents”, said A. Akramov, deputy chairman of the Union of Employers of Tajikistan.

A similar study tour was organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Tajikistan with the ILO-IPEC support. On June 4-5 delegations from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan visited Dushanbe.

The main purpose of the study tour was to provide knowledge-sharing on the significant steps taken to implement the Child Labour Monitoring System (CLMS) in Tajikistan.

During the study tour participants conducted discussions on the impact of CLMS on the elimination of child labour in urban and rural areas of Tajikistan and visited training workshops on CLMS.

They studied results of the Child Labour Monitoring Sector operating at the Adult Training Centre of Tajikistan under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection. They also held meetings with parents of child labourers, teachers and the local authorities.

“The two-day study tour to Tajikistan was interesting and comprehensive. CLMS is a complex system and not any governmental institution can agree to implement it. In Tajikistan we have learnt that the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection fully supports the CLMS and that Tajikistan managed to develop its own effective national CLMS model through the ministry across that country,” said Ramin Ismailov, deputy head of the Department of Labour of Azerbaijan.