12th of june 2015 : Workshop in the context of the World Day against child labour
In celebration of the world day against child labour, Plan International organized, on the 12th of June 2015, a workshop to share the experience gained from their activities in the mining region of Geita, funded by the European Union (EU) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). AFD and French Embassy representatives attended this gathering which was also a forum for a number of stakeholders including district and ministerial authorities, UNICEF, NGOs, and community members to discuss lessons learned and ways to work together effectively to fight against child labour.
The NGO has worked in the field for 3 years using a comprehensive approach to sensitize the families and the representatives of small mining companies about children rights and the importance of education. As child labour stems from economic difficulties, Plan International and Tanzanian NGO partners also put in place Village Saving Loans (VSL) and other income generating activities. Coordination with the local government was crucial in ensuring the long term viability of alternative sources of income and social support for the population of Geita region.
Plan International reports that over 12 000 children who were working in the mining sector and have reintegrated in the education system.