WDACL this year is not just a one-day event, but instead, the launching of a time-bound campaign to eliminate child labour in mining.
The ILO is making a major push to mobilize a broad coalition of partners that will work to see the eradication of child labour in mining. We believe that it is a realistic and realizable goal to remove one million children from mining and put them in school or training within ten years... as well as to put in place the structures that will ensure that children will not re-enter mining in the future. Along with CASM ("Communities and Small-Scale Mining" -- a worldwide network of mining-related agencies and specialists), other major partners include the mining industry (including mining companies and mining unions), governments in countries where artisanal/small-scale mining exists, donors, international agencies, as well as the general public, especially youth.
Teacher's, educators and activists
The World Day Against Child Labour will measure its impact and success in terms of the level of support it receives from a wide range of partners and individuals. This particularly includes teachers and educators in all areas of interaction with children. We need your help and support and this year we would ask you to spend a short moment in your working day with your groups to work with them on the issue of child labour. To assist you in this, we have produced an information and activities brochure designed to form the basis for a short lesson to introduce children to the issues involved in child labour, particularly mining and quarrying. Through discussion and activities, they can explore ways in which they themselves can play their part in the global campaign to eliminate child labour. The activities can be as short or as long as you can allow and further resources can be found in SCREAM and the ILO-IPEC Teachers' Kit as indicated in the brochure and on this web page under "Youth mobilisation". Your contribution is invaluable to us and we call on you to download the brochure, use it and promote it!