The Growing Up Right Institute of Brazil held a seminar on child labor prevention at the Santa Cruz Country Club in Santa Cruz do Sul on July 7.
Under the theme “Child labour: care, reception and protection”, participants discussed the progress made in the fight against child labour, as well as the work that remains to be done.
“The Institute was founded with a mission to fight child labor and create opportunities for rural teens, especially in tobacco-growing areas,” said Iro Schunke, president of the Growing Up Right Institute. , in a statement. “It’s a complex task, but with good partnerships, we have achieved excellent results. We are already known nationally and internationally for the innovative method of providing opportunities for rural teenagers through the Apprenticeship Act.
Since 2016, the rural vocational apprenticeship program has benefited 596 young people from Rio Grande do Sul. Under the program, tobacco companies associated with the Growing up Right Institute hire young apprentices and pay them a salary commensurate with 20 hours per week.
Instead of working, however, the apprentices take a course in rural management and entrepreneurship at the reverse of their normal school hours. Classes usually take place in apprentice normal schools or in facilities provided by municipal governments, which also provide the logistics of food and transport, allowing teenagers to attend the course.
According to a report by the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, 160 million children and adolescents, aged 5 to 17, were subjected to child labor at the beginning of 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem of child labor around the world, with a sharp increase in poverty, school closures and resulting school dropouts.
In Brazil, the national household sample survey showed that 1.77 million children and adolescents work, of which 53.7% are in the 16-17 age group.