Artikel der Kategorie ‘Action!Kidz 2013’

Child labor free zone declaration on the celebration of the National Children’s Day in the district of North Nias

CHILDREN CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY IN NORTH NIAS

There were at least 500 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years who were involved in various activities implemented on the celebration of the National Children’s Day in the District of North Nias. The event involved students at kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school and senior high school levels as well as school dropouts attending training programs for the elimination of child labor.

They were involved in various programs implemented at the event such as Nias traditional dance performance, child theater, stop child labor song as well as education and vocational training promotion. In addition to children, the celebration of the National Children’s Day was attended by local government officials, communities and media. The Vice Head of the District of North Nias, Mr. Fangato Lase, also attended the event to officially open the event and release stop child labor baloons.

CHILD LABOR FREE ZONE DECLARATION

The celebration of the National Children’s Day is not merely a ceremony. There are a lot of things that could be learned from the event. It is a moment to evaluate/reflect our commitment to fulfill the rights of the child and a moment to get new ideas towards a much better child protection. In addition, it is a moment to give children an opportunity to express their opinions about the rights of the child that still cannot be fulfilled to relevant stakeholders and policy makers.

PKPA started a series of activities on the celebration of the National Children’s Day from Nias Island. There were two themes on the event: “Towards Child-Friendly District” and “Child Labor Free Zone”. It is urgent to campaign the two themes in Nias Island because the number of child abuse and child exploitation cases is very high in the island. Therefore, these issues need an immediate intervention from relevant parties. According to data from PKPA, there were 43 child abuse cases in 2012. Compared to the number of child abuse cases in 2011 which was only 18 cases, the number increased up to 127.8 percent.

It is also urgent to intervene child labor issues in Nias Island because some of types of works performed by children in Nias such as stone and sand mining on hills and in rivers are categorized as the worst forms of child labor. Data from TNP2K shows that more than 60 percent of total population of children in Nias Island are involved in works. It means that the number of children between the ages of 6 and 18 in Nias Island who work is higher than the number of those who do not work.

Declarator of Child Labour Free Zone

Main activities for the realization of Child Labor Free Zone in North Nias:

– North Nias Child Congress: The congress was held on 11-12 July 2013 and the participants recommended government to improve education for children, decrease the number of school dropouts, stop child abuse and stop child labor.

– Child Labor Free Zone Declaration: The signing of the declaration was represented by North Nias District Government, businessman, media, woman leader, religious leader, education institution, CSO and child. One of female child labors who had attended our vocational training, Febriani Tel (16 years), was chosen to represent other children to sign the Child Labor Free Zone Declaration. The following are contents of the Declaration:

WE SUPPORT THE GLOBAL COMMITMENT AND THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT POLICY TO TAKE AN IMMEDIATE ACTION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE WORST FORMS OF CHILD LABOR AS  TIPULATED IN THE ILO CONVENTION NO. 182. WE, THEREFORE, GIVE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS AND COMMITMENTS:

1. THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT OF NORTH NIAS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, BUSINESSMEN, YOUTH LEADERS, WOMAN LEADERS AND CHILD REPRESENTATIVES AGREE TO SUPPORT NORTH NIAS TOWARDS CHILD LABOR FREE ZONE AND SUPPORT NORTH NIAS DISTRICT TO BECOME A CHILDFRIENDLY DISTRICT.

2. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY COLLECT ACCURATE DATA ON CHILD LABOR AND CHILDREN IN GENERAL IN THE DISTRICT OF NORTH NIAS.

3. THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT OF NORTH NIAS, THROUGH DISTRICT ACTION COMMITTEE FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE WORST FORMS OF CHILD LABOR, NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN AND MAKE A LOCAL POLICY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF CHILD LABOR.

4. STRENGTHEN INTERGOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTION AND INTERSECTORAL COOPERATIONS FOR THE ACCELERATION OF THE ELIMINATION OF CHILD LABOR AND DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE MODELS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF CHILD LABOR.

5. PROMOTE CHILD PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVE CHILDREN IN ANY LOCAL POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS, ESPECIALLY THOSE RELATED TO CHILD ISSUES.

CHILD LABOR FILM LAUNCHING

As a part of the celebration of the National Children’s Day, PKPA also premiered a documentary film about a child labor who tries to free himself from the worst forms of child labor. The documentary film will be screened in all sub districts in the Districts of North Nias and West Nias. The film which entitles “OMASIDO SEKOLA” in Nias language (meaning: I want to go to school) was produced in cooperation between PKPA, ACTED, EU and KNH. Moral messages about child labor situation and impact as well as government’s response are conveyed in Nias language and Indonesian to help Nias people understand them.

Gunungsitoli, 24 July 2013

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