The INDUS Child Labour Project was a Technical Cooperation Project of the Government of India (GOI), Ministry of Labour and Employment and Directorate of Education, and the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), within the framework of a Joint Statement of Enhanced Indo-US Co-operation on Elimination of Child Labour. The project aimed to contribute to the prevention and elimination of hazardous child labour by enhancing the human, social and physical capacity of target communities and improving compliance with child labour policy and legislation in the target districts.
The project’s uniqueness was based on a partnership agreement between USDOL and MoLE based on equal financial contribution from the two partners.
Regions and countries covered
India - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
- Children working in selected hazardous occupations in the target districts are identified, in collaboration with communities and other partners;
- Children withdrawn from hazardous work are provided with transitional and pre-vocational education, and social support to prevent relapse;
- Provide adolescents withdrawn from hazardous work with vocational training and alternatives for income generation;
- Increased economic security of families who withdraw their children from hazardous work by encouraging savings and development of alternative livelihoods;
- Access provided for children to quality education to prevent children from entering or re-entering hazardous work;
- Monitoring and tracking takes place of children released from hazardous work to ensure that their situation has improved;
- Public support and momentum created against child labour in the target districts and in favor of educational opportunities;
- Strengthen capacity of national, state, district and local institutions so they can function as ongoing support for eliminating hazardous child labour; and
- Interest in other areas in adopting measures to prevent, remove and provide alternatives for children in hazardous sectors.