JAKARTA (ILO News): Child labour remains a significant problem in Indonesia. The 2010 National Child Labour Survey showed that 4 million children are working and 1.7 million of them are child labourers, with work that affect negatively their well being, their safety and their capacity to benefit from normal schooling.
To tackle child labour, the Government of Indonesia designed a National Action Plan on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The government has also developed various new policy initiatives, ranging from expanding access to education, and providing conditional cash transfers to poor families, to allow them to send their children to school. In most provinces, the Government also instituted Local Action Committees to identify, rehabilitate and withdraw child labourers. The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration has this year alone budgeted support for 5,000 children to be withdrawn from child labour.
In addition, the ILO through its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) has provided technical support for the implementation the National Action Plan since 2007. The support provided by the ILO-IPEC has been in the areas of policy advocacy, research, awareness raising and capacity building of all stakeholders. ILO-IPEC has also closely worked with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to withdraw children from the worst forms of child labour and prevent other children to be victimized.
Despite progress, many challenging issues remain in order to free all Indonesian children from child labour. Support from various stakeholders needs to be further mobilized to address these issues, as part of an all encompassing coalition against child labour. The support of private sector companies and community organizations is particularly important. In order to strengthen this national coalition, the ILO is organizing a Forum titled “Public-Private-Local Community Partnerships against Child Labour in Indonesia” on Tuesday, 21 June, at Le Meridien Hotel, Jakarta. The Forum will be opened by the Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia, Peter van Rooij.
The Forum aims to provide an opportunity to strengthen collaboration among various public and private stakeholders as well as local communities towards a more integrated approach towards the elimination of child labour. For private sector participants, the Forum will provide valuable information on designing and implementing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives on child labour. It will also allow them to identify potential partnerships with different organizations, particularly with local communities.
The Forum will review the contributions of the private sector in supporting initiatives against child labour. Sofjan Wanandi, Chairman of the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) will present his views on what can be done by employers to end child labour. Jakob Friis Sorensen, Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) will talk about the current EuroCham CSR programmes and their views in addressing child labour through CSR. At the enterprise level, Rika Anggaraini, Head of CSR of Body Shop in Indonesia will present concrete actions taken by Body Shop to address child labour.
The Forum will also discuss the contributions of the NGOs in tackling child domestic work, street based child labour and child trafficking. The Forum will present the initiatives of the Indonesian Children Welfare Foundation, JARAK, Mitra Imadei, Yayasan Pelita Ilmu, BMS Sejati, and others.
“The Forum is expected to play an important role in building stronger and better public-private-local community partnerships. Through dialogue and exchange of experiences, it is hoped that future cooperation among these three important partners will be improved. These partnerships have the potential to play an important role in the sustainability of current initiatives,” said Peter van Rooij, the ILO Country Director.
The Forum will be attended by around 80 participants from governments, trade unions, employers’ organizations, private sector companies, academia, and civil society.
For further information please contact:
Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO’s Child Labour Programme
Tel.: +6221 391 3112 ext. 122
Media Relation Officer
Telp.: +6221 391 39112 ext. 115