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World Day against Child Labour 2013

published 19 March 2013 updated 12 June 2014

World Day against Child Labour, 12 June 2013

Every 12 June, Education International and its member organisations worldwide celebrate the World Day against Child Labour.

It is an occasion to highlight the global extent of child labour and raise awareness on the situation of millions of children, girls and boys, working across the globe. For EI and its member organisations, World Day against Child Labour is also a good time to reiterate that every child has the right to a free quality public education.

EI encourages teacher unions to also contribute with public activities in their country to end child labour and promote education opportunities for all children. The ILO launched the first World Day in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.

In 2013, the World Day will provide a spotlight on child labour in domestic work. Teacher unions have been pioneers in the movement to prevent and eliminate child labour. In the past years, many EI member organisations have carried out successful campaigns in their country. They consider the fight against child labour to be a core component of the right to education advocacy.

EI Campaign: One Hour against Child Labour

EI, in collaboration with the Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour of the International Labour Organisation ( ILO-IPEC), launched the campaign‘One hour against child labour’ in 2012.

EI developed an educational and interactive campaign material to be used globally by teacher unions, their members and students to undertake activities around child labour issues. The campaign kit includes an activity and a poster, and is available for download on this webpage.

The‘One hour against child labour’ activity can be undertaken in schools, classrooms, staff rooms, union offices and union meetings. This activity is to be considered as a starting point for a year-long involvement in the fight against child labour at various levels – at individual level, in unions, classrooms, communities, as well as at national and global levels.

The objective is to sensitise teachers and students to the issue of child labour and to encourage them to take action at various levels throughout the year.

In 2013, EI member organisations will be again encouraged to use the EI‘One hour against child labour’ activity and poster which have been translated in several languages (see below under EI Campaign material)

EI Campaign Material


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