Ending child labour
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has engaged Humana People to People Botswana in reducing and hopefully eradicating child labour in Botswana. The ILO report praises efforts done and says that Humana People to People ,,has made a strong start.”
In a recent report surveying the progress being made in eradicating child labour in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the ILO notes that Humana´s, considerable experience in community mobilization” in the area, the trust and goodwill the organization has in the area and the high level of on-the-job training and support to the field staff all contribute to the success of efforts being made in Botswana. The United Nations specialized agency also praises the field experience and Humana infrastructure in the region as contributing factors and that ,,their good practices need to be shared more widely”.
There is still a lot of ground to be covered, but the method employed by Humana of empowering local organizations and individuals in the quest to beat back child labor, seems to be the most effective method of making (quick) progress, says the ILO. Child labor is a longstanding problem in many African countries, with children as young as six or seven years old working in the mining industry, farming, other physically demanding fields or in crime and prostitution.
The ILO started an internationally monitored effort in 2008 to reduce and ultimately eradicate child labor in southern Africa, mobilizing national authorities, humanitarian agencies and setting up an Action Plan to withdraw 2.800 children from child labor and prevent 5.600 from entering by June 2012. The ILO says more needs to be done to reach those goals on time, suggesting one way of doing that is by incorporating HIV/AIDS educators and other care workers, taking advantage of their field experience and networks.
Source: International Labour Organization Report on the Eradication of Child Labour; An independent mid-term evaluation, March 2011