Providing access to education for all children is one of the most effective strategies for eradicatin child labour. If all children are in school, and thus not available as cheap labourers, adult workers will have a better bargaining position with their employers about wages and decent working conditions. Parents who earn more are in a better position to send their children to school.
We work on improving access to quality education as well as improving the quality of education.
For children until the age of 15 years, we aim to ensure formal, full time and quality education. Transitional education and other forms of non-formal and remedial education for children who have been taken out of work, is meant to serve as a bridge to (re-)entering formal quality education. We do not set up structural parallel structures.
For youth in the age group 15 to 18 years, our objective is to support them to continue formal quality secondary education. Where this is not available or viable, we collaborate with alternative education structures while we advocate for the provision of formal quality education. In these cases, youth will be supported to access existing vocational training, apprenticeships, life skills training, and other non-formal education that support the transition to decent youth employment.
We support the economic empowerment of youth by supporting their life skills, technical, financial and employability skills. The aim is to protect them from being engaged in child labour and support them in their transition to decent work. For the age group between 15 and 18 years we promote continued secondary and tertiary education up to 18 years of age on the one hand, and vocational training and technical education and life and employability skills training for successful transition to decent work, on the other.