Interventions and Estimated Results:
Within the scope of the direct grant project with a budget of 29.726.740,90 Euros; the overall objective of this Action is to contribute to elimination of the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture.
The purpose of the Action is to enhance national and local capacity for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture as well as providing services to children at risk and their families. The International Labour Organization is the implementing Organization of the project.
The project will be implemented in close collaboration with employers’ and workers’ organisations, Ministry of National Education (MoNE), Ministry of Interior (MoI), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MoAF), Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR), municipal authorities, universities, Non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Estimated Results of the Project:
1. On-site education, guidance, counselling and rehabilitation services were provided to 12.000 children.
2. 2.000 family members of the working/at-risk children in seasonal agriculture were referred to vocational and generic training programmes in order to improve life and occupational skills.
3. Trainings on the negative aspects of child labour in seasonal agriculture and related legislation were provided to 200 agriculture intermediaries, 500 employers and 200 village heads.
4. 12.000 children were equipped and living conditions of seasonal agricultural families in settlement areas were improved.
5. Central and local capacity of MoFLSS were improved in the field of planning, managing, coordinating, implementing and monitoring for the elimination of WFCL.
6. Capacities of gendarmerie and NGOs were improved in combatting child labour.
7. Child Labour Monitoring (CLM) and Tracking System was established and existing e-METIP system was improved
8. A communication campaign was developed and implemented towards general public, children, families, employers, decision-makers, school principals, teachers, intermediaries, and media.
9. Scientific and technical studies were carried out for the assessment of child labour, its causes, consequences and review of good practices as well as developing policy recommendations on the elimination of child labour and improving living and working conditions in seasonal agriculture.
10. A cross sectoral working groups were established to map existing child labour reporting mechanisms, identify adverse incentives and recommend effective enforcement mechanisms at each point in the agricultural production supply chain.
11. Meetings and field visits were taken place in order to ensure efficient coordination and cooperation among relevant field teams and stakeholders.
(As of March 2021)
The implementation process of Project named “Elimination of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture”, started in October 2020. The budget of operation is EUR 29,726,740.90 and the beneficiary of the operation is the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, General Directorate of Labour, and the project will be implemented with the technical support of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture and the specific objective is to enhance national and local capacity for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture as well as providing services to children at risk and their families. In this scope, work will be undertaken to reach out working children, families, employers, school administrators, teachers, mukhtars (village/neighbour masters), and agricultural intermediaries to withdraw children from labour and redirect them to schooling, as well as strengthen the capacities of national and local institutions. It is intended under the Project to provide 12,000 children with on-site training, counselling, and rehabilitation services; provide assistance in the form of educational and stationery materials, hygiene kits, clothing, and food; improve living conditions of seasonal agricultural workers and families at settlement areas; refer the family members of children working or under the risk of working in seasonal agriculture to vocational training programs to build the life and occupational skills; and deliver training on the relevant legislation and the adverse impact of child labour in seasonal agriculture to 200 agricultural intermediaries, 500 employers and 200 village mukhtars. The Project will also seek to enhance the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Information System (e-METIP) already built by MoFLSS to monitor the access of seasonal agricultural workers and families to services, and establish a Child Labour Monitoring and Tracking System by adding new modules to the existing e-METIP system. The 16 provinces where the operation will be performed for 40 months are as follows: Şanlıurfa, Mardin, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Adana, Mersin, Hatay, İzmir, Manisa, Ankara, Eskişehir, Konya, Malatya, Ordu, Bursa, and Düzce.
The ILO, MoFLSS, and Delegation of the European Union to Turkey joint press release about the start of the project was issued in November: https://www.ilo.org/ankara/news/WCMS_761785/lang--tr/index.htm. Most part of the selection and assignment processes of staff for the Project Management Team has been completed and orientation activities are still ongoing. An official letter and information note has been prepared to inform the relevant institutions and organizations in the project provinces about the project and the distribution of the letters will be conducted by the General Directorate of Labour. The first phase drafts of the corporate identity studies of the project were also prepared in line with the European Union visibility rules.
The inception phase of the project is still being carried out, the procurement process of IT equipment and furniture support to be supplied to improve the physical environment of the Units of Combating Child Labour has been initiated. Preliminary meetings were conducted with local partners on the referral of children to school, education, counselling, rehabilitation, and monitoring. Besides, preliminary interviews were performed with potential partners for feasibility studies to be conducted in at least 7 provinces (Adana, Ordu, Düzce, Ankara, Manisa, Eskişehir, Konya) within the scope of the improvement of the areas of the Project for Improvement of Living Conditions of Seasonal Migrant Agricultural Workers (METIP), which is one of the important activities of the project. Preliminary studies have also been initiated regarding the procurement processes of education and stationery materials, clothing and food support to 12,000 children, and hygiene kits which will be provided to 16,000 children.