WDACL 2014: ILO-IPEC Thailand partners join the global campaign against child labour

All children in Thailand, including those that are migrants, should enjoy their right to education. This is one of the key tenets of the ILO-IPEC’s work in Thailand. The ILO-IPEC partners are joining the ILO’s global campaign against child labour with a series of events planned to observe the World Day against Child Labour during the month of June 2014.

News | 11 June 2014
 8 June: In Samut Prakan province, the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) organized a “Concert to Open the Heart’s Borders”e. The event brought together FCD’s child and adult beneficiaries from different ethnic groups, including migrant children from different regions of Thailand. The concert was joined by the performance of Footpath Band and cultural performances by migrant children. An important highlight of the event was the signing of “thumbs up” where special guests and supportive audience members expressed their views on combating child labour and ensuring that each child receives an education.

12 June: In Samut Sakhon province, the Thai Fishery Producers Coalition (TFPC) will provide education grants and educational materials to four schools in Samut Sakhon. Member companies of the TFPC will donate learning materials to 1,000 children of migrant workers to support their education. The TFPC will host a public event on 12 June which will be joined by the Governor of Samut Sakhon and the children of the schools.

In Bangkok, ILO-IPEC will host an interaction with of children and youth that are members of the Zoo Crew dance group, at the ILO office. The children and youth will familiarize themselves with the ILO’s work to combat child labour and will strengthen their engagement in a larger scale advocacy campaign to be organised thereafter targeting Thai youth.

13 June: In Songkhla province, the Provincial Office of Labour Protection and Welfare will organize a number of activities including an exhibition, live band performance, and quiz competition by engaging the general public and the members of the government and public sectors alike. The focus of this commemoration will be to promote knowledge and broad-based support for the prevention and suppression of human trafficking and child labour.

14 and 28 June: In Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the Raks Thai Foundation will organise a series of contests among children and youth on 14 June to raise awareness about child labour among the Khanom district community. The contests will range from drawing, story book development, speeches, and short-films. The contest will then be followed by a community forum to be held in Khanom municipality on 28 June. The community forum will focus on the rights of children to protection and development, and the right of migrant and Thai children to be free from child labour.

29 June: In Surat Thani province, the Provincial Labour Protection and Welfare Office and the Raks Thai Foundation will jointly organise a number of contests among youth and students. The contests will be held under the slogan “No to Child Labour! Yes to all children’s education” to promote better understanding about child labour among migrant and Thai communities.

About 300 participants representing children, youth, teachers, governments, NGOs and public, are expected to attend the event. All these activities taking place in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Surat Thani provinces are supported by the ILO-IPEC project “Combating the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Shrimp and Seafood Processing Areas in Thailand” which receives funding support from the United Stated Department of Labor.