Samoa, ILO Tackling Child Labor Problem Head On

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Forum to validate issues raised in child labor study

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Dec. 1, 2015) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Samoa Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade (MCIL) will be focusing on Child Labour Validation in a Forum tomorrow 02nd December at the Development Bank of Samoa Conference Room.

The Forum is part of ongoing work on child labour in Samoa being conducted by the ILO in conjunction with the Government of Samoa.

In September 2014, the ILO conducted a Rapid Assessment on Child Street Vendors in Apia, Samoa which found children involved in child labour and also in the worst forms of child labour and media reports since the research have highlighted the plight of child street vendors in Apia.

In May 2015, the ILO conducted the first validation exercise on the Child Labour Rapid Assessment which was attended by over 40 participants from government ministries including Labour; Education; Women, Community & Social Development; Attorney General & Justice; Police; Immigration & Customs; Samoa Workers Congress; Samoa Chamber of Commerce and employer representatives from the private sector; civil society groups; community groups and members of the media.

Following the presentation, stakeholders made recommendations on the validation of the research findings which have been addressed through public consultations as well as further research into child labour activities in Savai’i, Samoa.

The Child Labour Validation Forum will discuss the outcomes of the validation exercises as well as aim to ensure widespread consultation on the findings of the rapid assessment before submission of the study to the National Tri-partite Council for endorsement.

The final validation exercise will be led by the Samoa ILO National Coordinator, Tomasi Peni, with technical support provided by Marie Jane Fatiaki, the ILO National Coordinator, Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE) Project – Fiji.

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