Combatting Child Labour in Seasonal Hazelnut Harvesting is on Its 5th Year

As the hazelnut harvesting season ends social support centres of “An Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey Project” are closing the period of education activities.

News | 02 October 2017

Within the framework of “An Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey Project” being jointly implemented by the International Labour Organization and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Turkey, education activities have been carried out in 8 social support centres in East and West Black Sea Region during the hazelnut harvesting season of 2017. The total number of 1064 children has been reached and withdrawn/prevented from work in hazelnut fields. The project has hosted 733 children in Uzunisa, Saraycık, Ünye and Fatsa Social Support Centres in East Black Sea Region; and 331 children in Çilimli, Hendek, Esmahanım and Tepeköy Social Support Centres in West Black Sea Region.

Children in Çilimli Social Support Centre remember their hometown Şanlıurfa in their handcrafts class.

Children of Fatsa Social Support Centre are welcoming their visitors

Children attending social support centres are divided in the groups of education level and special programs are prepared for each group for the harvesting period. Social workers were also on duty for counselling the families. Programs are focused to develop social skills of the children. Some children have also prepared a music recording with the Turkish folk songs as part of their education program.

Talented voices of Uzunisa Social Support Centre are recording a music album.


2017 season has ended with entertaining performances.

Altınordu District Governor Niyazi Erten and Altınordu Mayor Engin Tekintaş were present at the performances.




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iThe overall objective of this project is to contribute elimination of worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in seasonal agriculture in line with the Turkish Government’s strategy drawn by the National Employment Strategy 2014-2023. A model has been developed through the Dutch Government and CAOBISCO funded “Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Ordu” project in 2013 and 2014. The project aims at contributing to the withdrawal of children from work and prevention of at-risk children to be engaged in seasonal hazelnut agriculture. It will bring added value through the replication of the strategic intervention model in the different regions and contribute to a sustainable child labour monitoring mechanism in seasonal agriculture. The project will step up efforts to attain the goal of contributing to the policy making and efficient implementation on the elimination of WFCL in seasonal agriculture.