Role-of-advocacy-against-child-labour.pdf

In the tackling child labour through education the

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In the Tackling Child Labour through Education, the ILO through its IPEC programme was working directly with the Ministry of Education, yet the Ministry of Labour through the NPA had identified universal basic education as a priority area to combat child labour in the country. Reports of the funders of most ILO projects had reported that the Division of Child Labour in the Ministry of Labour lacked financial and ministerial support. This was a major gap that needed an arrangement such as the IMC to address and push for change. Thus, instead of the ILO/IPEC assisting the government to operationalize this committee, key project staff on ground considered it too ambitious. 8.2 Capacity and Motivation Combatting child labour requires long-term interventions. While it may benefit from advocacy, it needs skills and commitment by the central stakeholders in the programme. In other words, skills of stakeholders with a mandate and commitment are a precondition. It is most disheartening to read reports by the ILO evaluators identifying good practices from as early as 2001 up to 2012, with hardly any response from either the Ministry of Labour or the ILO/IPEC Kenya offices. Best practices were being identified almost on a yearly basis with no action whatsoever. In fact, important information was obtained and kept in ILO documents without sharing with those who had a mandate to take action. The ILO evaluators made very good recommendations based on what they obtained from their field visits and reports provided by the ILO/IPEC office in Kenya. These recommendations were repeated regularly by different evaluators of different programmes but no action was forthcoming neither from ILO Geneva nor its Country office to guide the government. Rather, new programmes were subsequently introduced without taking into consideration the lessons learnt from previous programmes since 1992. This serious omission can only be attributed to lack of skills and commitment at all levels, including the Ministry of Labour. Capacity constraints were raised by one of the key officials interviewed for this study as illustrated by this conversation:
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