Children’s right to education, one of Vietnam’s priorities

Vietnam has 94.4% of its children with access to education. It is one of the 26 pioneer countries in the 8.7 Global Alliance to eradicate forced labor, modern-day slavery, human trafficking and child labor.

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Children involved in the creation of drawings that carry the message of preventing child labor. Photo: Vietnam + / CVN

Vietnam currently has 94.4% of its children in school. This result is particularly linked to policies to improve access to education for all, implemented in parallel with social security and poverty reduction policies.This was stated by Nguyên Thi Hà, Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, during the 5.e World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor held recently in Durban, South Africa.

She stated: “Many models and initiatives have been implemented through government, cooperation and international aid programs and projects, such as improving the child-friendly working environment in traditional craft villages and the informal sector, creating livelihoods for families, helping children at risk of having access to work, vocational training and appropriate employment“.

Ensuring a comprehensive education

The Vietnamese Deputy Minister shared Vietnamese experience in ensuring comprehensive education for children during the pandemic, as well as measures to ensure their return to school in the post-COVID-19 period.

The government has mobilized the state budget and support from companies and social groups to expand Internet coverage, provide computers to poor children and migrant children, flexibly combine online education with face-to-face learning“she stressed. The” Waves and Computers for Children “program, launched by the Vietnamese government, is an example of this.

According to Mme Ha, which is one of the pioneering countries in Alliance 8.7, Vietnam will continue to act and wants to benefit from more technical assistance and resources for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Objective 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) to eradicate child labor.

Vietnam has provided comprehensive education for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: VNA / CVN

An International Alliance

8.7 The Alliance is a global partnership committed to achieving SDG target 8.7 by 2030. It brings together actors at all levels to collaborate, strategize, share knowledge and ultimately accelerate progress to meet this commitment by 2030. Its strength lies in the diversity of its partners and their commitment to transcending boundaries and meeting challenges together. The International Labor Organization (ILO) currently serves as the secretariat for Alliance 8.7.

During this 5e The World Conference proposed to the Vietnamese delegation solutions to improve the quality of education, strengthen access to education for children, especially in poor, almost poor and vulnerable families. “Education is an important key to breaking the vicious circle of poverty that leads to child laborsaid Dang Hoa Nam, director of the children’s department at the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

According to Nam, Vietnam has in recent years achieved some achievements in terms of universalizing education by age. “The recent social survey on child labor in Vietnam shows that an increasing number of minors at risk of being put to work are increasingly being educated«, He insisted.

Abolition of child labor

Vietnam was one of 26 pioneer countries that joined the 8.7 Alliance to eradicate forced labor, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labor. This means that it has a very proactive policy in this area. Vietnam has consistently made significant progress in this area“said ILO Director – General Guy Ryder.

Since 2018, the country has conducted a national survey on child labor and introduced a national policy to eliminate it. “I believe that one of the reasons why this is so important for Vietnam is that it is more deeply integrated into the global economy, into global supply chains and concludes important trade agreements, especially with the EU, where countries have a strong interest in labor standards. . Vietnam has made a clear decision and your country is considered to be making a very serious effort to eliminate child labor‘, He assessed.

And to insist:So far, I am extremely pleased with the cooperation with Vietnam. I am optimistic because it will bring good results for the country as well as for the global effort against child labor“.

According to him, 160 million children in the world, or 9.6% of the total number, must work. “In addition to education and social protection, parents need a stable job and a stable income to lift themselves out of poverty and prevent their children from being forced into work.“, he concluded.

Quê Anh / CVN

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