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Workshop on combating child labor through education set in Davao

by Carina L. Cayon

Davao City (10 November) -- The ABK2 Initiative will spearhead a three-day workshop here next week, aiming to recognize the efforts and active roles of stakeholders in promoting children's rights and combating child labor through education.

ABK2 Initiative project director Daphne G. Culanag said the island-wide stakeholders' workshop will be held on November 15-19 at the Eden Garden Resort, Toril, this city, to share and celebrate the gains and accomplishments in the reduction of child labor.

She said the workshop would be "an opportunity to mainstream the good practices implemented in each area."

It is also the intention of the workshop to identify gaps in achieving a child-labor free community and to find ways in addressing these difficulties, stated Culanag.

A policy advocacy training and an exhibit of each province's achievements in child labor education are among the highlights of the workshop.

According to Culanag, the ABK2 Initiative or the second phase of the Pag-aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan (Education for the Children's Future) is a four-year project funded by the US Department of Labor that aims to contribute to the sustainable reduction of exploitative child labor in the country.

She stated that ABK 2 Initiative targets the sectors that represent the worst forms of child labor, namely: sugarcane plantations, commercial agriculture, fishing, domestic work, pyrotechnics, mining/quarrying and commercial sexual exploitation.

Culanag said the World Vision Development Foundation is the lead agency that implements the project, along with project associates ChildFund Philippines and Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation.

ABK2 Initiative is now on its third year of implementation in the region, which partners and collaborates with the Child Labor Education Task Force Davao headed by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Education.

The partnership is "hoped to be achieved by improving the quality, relevance and accessibility of educational services, by increasing awareness on the risks and losses of human potential caused by WFCL."

Patrick Henry Asiņero, ABK 2 Initiative provincial education officer, has previously reported that the World Vision focuses on some areas in Davao City and Compostela Valley found to have children in WFCL.

Asiņero cited Toril in Davao City as having children exposed to scavenging and commercial sexual exploitation.

In F. Calderon Elementary School in Bunawan, the project has been helping around 200 children found and at risk in scavenging and mining/quarrying areas, with educational assistance through the provision of school supplies.

In Pantukan, Compostela Valley, the project was assisting children who were engaged in mining/quarrying and in banana-based plantations, Asiņero stated.

He said the task force and other stakeholders particularly implement its program on advocacy and awareness-raising activities, direct educational assistance, capacity-building for the children, livelihood skills training and seminars for the parents. (PIA-XI) [top]

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