Child Labour

Combating child labour through skills and livelihoods training for older children in some Arab States

The four-day regional workshop will examine ways in which participants from various Arab States can prepare and deliver skills and livelihoods training to older children who are at risk or removed from child labour.

The ILO Regional Office for Arab States, in collaboration with ILO International Training Centre in Turin, will bring together major national and international organisations from Arab States to review links existing between child labour and youth employment as well as interventions that need to be implemented for beneficiaries of livelihood programmes in efforts to tackle child labour in some of the region’s country.

The four-day regional workshop will include government officials, employer and worker representatives, UN agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations and training providers from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan and the Occupied Palestinian territory.

The workshop will be based on a training manual developed by ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), which aims to assist those involved in the design and implementation of skills and livelihoods training programmes for older children in or at risk of child labour.

Participants will cover the following areas:
  • Policy issues and frameworks
  • Skills identification
  • Efficient training delivery
  • Inclusive training
  • Training in the concept of displacement
  • Entrepreneurship training and business development support
  • Post training support
  • Monitoring and evaluation

The workshop falls under an ILO project, entitled Combating child labour through skills and livelihoods training for older children, which is working in a number of countries to help improve the quality of skills training being provided by project partners and other organisations, as well as develop strategic links on the issue of skills and livelihoods training for older children.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

One of the topics covered will be on access to training for displaced populations, in light of the Syrian refugee crisis, which has led to an increase in child labour among Syrian refugees in host countries, including Lebanon and Jordan. As part of the wider UN-response to the refugee crisis, the ILO Regional Office for the Arab States has adopted a cross-cutting development-focused strategy in Lebanon and Jordan which supports both refugees and host community residents. This includes strengthening institutional capacity and coordination efforts to combat unacceptable forms of work, particularly child labour.