A revised Project Document to the tune of US$ 1,02,44,935 (BDT = 70.69 Crore) was signed today, the 29 April 2010 at 1.00 P.M in Economic Relations Division (ERD), Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka between the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and International Labour Organization (ILO) to implement the project titled “Urban Informal Economy (UIE) Programme of the project of Support to the Time Bound Programme towards the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Bangladesh. Dutch Government will provide this amount as grant. The project will be implemented by ILO during the period from January 2007 to December 2011.
The Time Bound Programme (TBP) was developed following the ratification of ILO Convention No – 182 on the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) by the Government of Bangladesh in 2001 that aims to eradicate all forms of hazardous child labour from Bangladesh with 2016. The aforesaid project is one of the projects implemented by ILO to achieve the goal of National Time Bound Programme. To stoppage child child labour engaged in different manufacturing and service sectors of Bangladesh especially stoppage of worst forms of child labour in urban areas is the prime objective of the project.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- Formulation of policy and model mitigation and confrontation of hazardous child labour in urban informal sector;
- Provide the children with non-formal education and different types of Skill Development Training;
- Data collection on child labour, analysis and its publication;
- Protect the children from worst forms of work and rehabilitate their families with alternative source of income
- Raise awareness against child labour
Mr M. Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), on behalf of the government of Bangladesh and Mr Gagan Rajbhandari, Director In Charge, ILO, on behalf of the Development Partners signed the project document.
Senior officials from the Government and ILO were present on the occasion.