ILO (Myanmar) launches e-learning program on child labour.

YANGON (ILO News) – In the wake of the 5th World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour, ILO Myanmar has announced the upcoming release of an e-learning program on child labor to enable stakeholders to take action against child labour.

Delivered in Burma and English, the nine-module interactive course is set to go live on the ILO’s digital learning platform on June 12, the World Day Against Child Labour.

The course aims to equip civil society partners, social workers, employers and worker organizations to effectively assess and address cases of child labor within their communities. The modules consist of a live, instructor-led component and an online “on-demand” component. It also provides participants with comprehensive information and tools to design interventions that contribute to the elimination of child labour.

“Economic challenges and school closures due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the political and security crisis in Myanmar are exacerbating child labor in Myanmar. With millions of children at risk, capacity building and collective and timely responses have become even more critical, said Mr. Donglin Li, ILO Liaison Officer/Representative in Myanmar.

The role of social protection in eliminating child labor

The ILO and UNICEF headquarters launched a new report last week at the 5th World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor which estimates that 60 million children – 1 in 10 worldwide – were working at the start by 2020. Without effective action, this number could rise to 8.9 million by the end of 2022, due to increased poverty and increased vulnerability.

Children in conflict zones without adequate access to social protection are even more likely to engage in work and less likely to receive an education. According to another report released last week by the ILO, the incidence of child labor in countries affected by armed conflict was 77% higher than the global average, and the incidence of hazardous work was 50% higher .

Delegates to the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor last week have already adopted the Durban Call to Action which outlines commitments in six different areas to end child labor, including strengthening preventing and eliminating child labour, including its worst forms, and achieving universal access to social protection.

If most countries put in place adequate social protection measures, child labor could decrease by 15 million by the end of 2022, enabling a significant improvement in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7.

The ILO is the only tripartite United Nations agency dedicated to promoting rights at work, promoting decent work opportunities, improving social protection and strengthening dialogue on related issues. at work. More information on the ILO’s work in Myanmar is available at

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