Jordan begins the national rollout of coordination efforts to combat child labour

Ministerial officials from across Jordan will receive training on their roles and responsibilities in combating child labour under the National Framework to Combat Child Labour.

A series of ILO training workshops will bring together local Jordanian government officials from the Ministries of Labour, Education and Social Development to begin the nationwide implementation the National Framework to Combat Child Labour (NFCL), Jordans national coordination strategy to combat child labour.

The workshops will cover ministerial roles and responsibilities in identifying cases of child labourers, withdrawing children from work, providing children with appropriate education and social services, as well as following up child labour cases through monitoring and case tracking. As part of the training programme, ministry officials from the governorates of Amman, Mafraq and Zarqa will share their experiences from the NFCL pilot phase in a bid to help other governorates in the implementation process.

The workshops are part of the ILO project “Moving Towards a Child Labour Free Jordan”, which offers technical support to Jordan’s government as well as its workers’ and employers’ organizations, including enhancing child labour case referral systems and the creation of a database with child labour tracking mechanisms.

In 2011, Jordan adopted the National Framework to Combat Child Labour to improve its policy and legislative environment as well as enhance coordination between relevant ministries. Jordan and the ILO aim to complete the national rollout of the NFCL by mid-2014.