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Ten tips for Teachers in responding to Child Labour

(The following information, developed by Alec Fyfe, suggests how children can be protected from exploitation.)

  1. Begin by recognizing that so often education is part of the problem rather than a key part of the solution. An excellent resource for self briefing is: Child Labour: An Information Kit for Teachers, Educators and their Organizations (ILO, 1998).

  2. Join with others to press for fair resource allocations to education to improve access for out-of-school working children.

  3. As part of profesional associations, campaign for educational reforms which make education more attractive to poor parents and their children. Flexible schedules, recognition of indigenous languages, more female teachers and relevant curricula are some of the changes that could be envisaged.

  4. Resist negative stereotyping and discrimination against working children and recogize that many of them work in order to afford education.

  5. Help children to protect themselves against common workplace hazards by incorporating relevant information regarding children's rights, work dangers and where to go for help, into the curriculum and learning materials.

  6. As part of preparation for the world of work, invite into school trade union leaders and others active in the campaign against child labour, to share their knowledge and experiences.

  7. Develop child-to-child activities to reach out-of-school working children.

  8. Help educate the community about the dangers of child labour, through open days, pupil drama, parent-teacher meetings, local festivals and religious holidays.

  9. With others, monitor the extent and reasons for non attendence at schools and support attendence drives.

  10. Promote the importance of birth registration.

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