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World Day against Child Labour 2015

To mark the World Day against Child Labour (June 12), the ILO, in collaboration with UNICEF, UNESCO and UNGEI, will launch a report The twin challenges of child labour and educational marginalisation in the East and South-East Asia region, looking at eight countries - Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam and Mongolia.

Within ASEAN, significant progress has been made to give primary education to school age children. Nevertheless, educational marginalization persists, and has had a direct bearing on the continued existence of child labour.

Although the eight countries have shown improvements in terms of child labour and primary school enrollment, child labour continues to be high in several of them and a significant number of primary school-aged children are out of school, often due to the demands of work.

The launch of the report will be followed by a panel discussion about the linkages between accessible quality education and the elimination of child labour in the East and South East Asia region.

The event is expected to bring about 50-60 Bangkok based participants including policy influencers, activists, academics, students, specialists and development professionals from the UN and INGO family, to enhance cooperation and policy advocacy around these pressing issues.


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