The Public-Private Partnership to Combat Child Labour Grows Further

Online informative meeting held for social support workers of hazelnut companies

News | 10 August 2020
An online meeting was held on 10 August 2020 with the employees of hazelnut companies under the project “Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in Seasonal Hazelnut Agriculture in Turkey” implemented in a public-private partnership, thus representing a peculiar setup, to contribute to eliminating the worst forms of child labour in seasonal hazelnut agriculture in Turkey.

As companies communicated requests for another round of informative meeting, which was highly appreciated last year, the second was held online where experts provided information on various topics. The informative meeting drew participation of 53 social support workers from 6 companies under the project implemented by the partnership of the ILO Office for Turkey and Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services.

The meeting started with the opening remarks by Mr. İbrahim Demircan, Head of Employment Policies Department, General Directorate of Labour, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services; and Mr. Nejat Kocabay, Senior Programme Officer , ILO Office for Turkey. Ms. Ayşegül Özbek Kansu, Project Coordinator, provided information on the project and impact of Coronavirus on seasonal agriculture workers, followed by a presentation on “National Legislation and Policies on Combating Child Labour” by Mr. Turan Türk, an expert of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services.

Prof. Dr. Murat Gürkan Gülcan from Gazi University shared his field experience of 20 years as an educator on child labour in his presentation “Child Labour and Education”. Ms. Aytaç Dincer Gülcan, a social worker, expressed her views and recommendations on how to communicate with target groups in the field work for combating child labour in seasonal agriculture.

The final presentation “Field Reflection of National Measures against COVID-19” was offered by the field coordinator Mr. Ömer Dede. Following the questions and assessments from the representatives of companies, the meeting concluded.

Hazelnut companies, by their growing staff size every year on social support work, engage in activities to eliminate child labour in hazelnut harvesting. Additional measures are introduced this year, on account of Coronovirus, to improve hygiene conditions for seasonal agriculture worker families and children. The public-private partnership to combat child labour grows further every day.<