Preventing Children’s Involvement in the Worst Forms of Child Labour: Action Plan for 2019-2024

On January 24, 2019 a meeting to refine the 2019-2024 Action Plan for preventing children’s involvement in the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The working group was formed in May 2018 as part of the 2017-2027 Family Protection and Children Support Programme to be implemented by the Kyrgyz Government.

News | 24 January 2019
The meeting was attended by 30 working group members representing, in particular, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, district departments of social development and education, internal affairs inspections of the northern regions, local authorities, non-profit organisations, trade unions and employer associations.

At the meeting, the participants discussed the draft Action Plan for elimination of the worst forms of child labour, as well as indicators, actions and resources required to implement it. The plan purports to pursue four objectives: improving the regulatory framework in the area of WFCL elimination; developing a WFCL protection system and improving cooperation between the stakeholders; ensuring access to public and municipal services for children involved in WFCL and their families; improving the awareness and engagement of civil society and population in the work to protect children’s rights and interests and to prevent WFCL.
Aliza Soltonbekova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development, stated that, once implemented, the plan will allow to signal the children involved in WFCL, set up a mechanism for their follow-up and social rehabilitation, as well as put in place a database of such children. In addition, the plan assumes capacity building of community workers operating under local governments to be involved in the process of identifying the affected children and providing rehabilitation assistance to them and their families.

The working meeting’s participants also discussed a need to review the List of production facilities, occupations and jobs with hard and hazardous working conditions forbidden for employment of persons under 18. According to statistical data, 39 percent of children in Kyrgyzstan are workers employed primarily in agriculture, trade and processing industry.

In drafting annexes to the document, the participants suggested to make up a list of activities involving hard work to forbid or restrict the use of child labour. These will include underground work; work in confined space; monotonous work; unsupervised work and work without free choice; work involving the risk of injuries, manual weight lifting, and diseases resulting from intoxication with chemicals and poisons.

In addition, the meeting participants identified a need to improve interagency cooperation for effective implementation of the 2019-2024 Action Plan for preventing children’s involvement in the worst forms of child labour.