2021 declared International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

2021 declared International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

2021 declared International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

As part of the celebration of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor, approved by the UN, the 9th B students of Elementary and High School Prof. Dr. Francisco de Freitas Branco, Porto Santo, were invited to learn and/or deepen their knowledge on the subject, reflecting on the world reality, in conjunction with the contents of the disciplines of Mathematics, Geography, Citizenship, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Moral and Religious Education.

In order to experience the topic, the young people interviewed some seniors about what life was like in the past – if they had time to play, at what age they started working and why they started at that time. The average age for starting work was 11 years old and the main reasons were financial difficulties and family help. This sharing filled the room with hearts with words and cards of thanks for the witness of these people’s lives.

Students also got to know a little more about what child labor really is, through the study of probabilities (mathematics subject content), reflection on the importance of public and private institutions, and consumers who should be awake to this issue.

As part of the Action Plan “From School to the World – Act, Include, Transform”, the project mobilized young people to take action, promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8) and the Reduction of Inequalities (SDG 10).

The work developed was documented on the Website of the International Year, and is available at this link.

On July 25, 2019, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that declared 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor and in which member states were committed to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, ending modern slavery and human trafficking, and ensuring the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025, ending child labor in all its forms”.

The Action Plan “From School to the World – Act, Include, Transform” is promoted by AIDGLOBAL, in partnership with Escola B+S in Porto Santo. It is part of the Citizens Ativ@s Program (EEA Grants), managed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Bissaya Barreto Foundation, through the Education for Citizenship project, implemented by the Gonçalo da Silveira Foundation and the Catholic University’s Research Center for Human Development Portuguese.