Did you know that an estimated 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labour worldwide? In Ethiopia, thousands of girls spend up to 8 hours everyday working at home, denying them their right to a childhood and the education they deserve.
World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June 2015 - is an opportunity to say #Nochildlabour and YES to ensuring all children can access quality education.
Jacqueline, Fundraising Officer visited our project in Ethiopia, doing just that. Read about her visit below.
With local partner, CHADET, we are running, Girls Education Challenge (GEC) a project funded by DFID. Working in Ethiopia, where over 2.3 million girls are out of school, GEC tackles barriers to education such as; early marriage, risky migration and domestic labour. I met with students, parents, teachers and the local community to find out how this project is enabling girls, who normally spend hours each day burdened with domestic labour, to enrol, stay and thrive in school.
'The girls alone cannot do everything. We need to work with families to help spread awareness about girls education.'
Yeshi, Teacher, primary school, Ethiopia
Whilst on my visit I met Yeshi, who works as a Teacher, co-ordinating after school clubs and activities to raise awareness about the issues affecting girls education. Yeshi's passion for the project shone through. She proudly showed me around the school club building and I was totally amazed by her enthusiasm. The walls in the club house were covered with posters and messaging about issues affecting girls education. Yeshi told me that, 'The girls are not shy. They are strong and they will report issues.'
Yeshi, explained to me that of the all the barriers to education, domestic labour is by far the most common issue affecting girls in the area of the country. Many girls work up to 8 hours a day and simply do not have the time to attend school. But Yeshi is positive about the future. Thanks to the project more parents are prioritising girls education and more girls are enrolling in school.
Community voices: raising awareness about girls' education
I was fortunate to meet participants from a Community Conversation. A lively and formidable group of students, parents and members of the local community who meet to talk about the challenges to girls education. And the impact is clear to see. Since the community has started talking more about girls education, more girls are enrolling in school and parents are allowing their daughters more time to study rather than working at home.
'Parents understand more about girls education and can see their daughters are improving, so now parents give their daughter extra time to study rather than working at home.'
Lelise, student and girls club representativeLast year alone we helped over:
19 000 children gain access to quality education in places where they often miss out
1 600 families to earn their own income, to alleviate the financial burden of school fees and allow families to support themselves
ChildHope and CHADET are working together to create a situation where children can access the quality education they deserve, where child labour doesn't deny children their right to a childhood and where children don't spend hours every day working at home.
Help us make this dream a reality.
Join us #NOchildlabour and YES to quality education