ILO calls on abolition of child workers in Indonesia

Monday, July 5, 2010 23:59 WIB | National | | 
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) planned to 
abolish Indonesian child workers in the future.

"Since early in 2000, important developments had taken place in efforts of 
abolishing child workers in Indonesia," Executive Director of International 
Affairs of the ILO in Jakarta Peter Van Rooij said in Jakarta Monday.

Peter in a workshop observing World Day Against Child Workers at Borobudur 
Hotel in Jakarta said that progress had been made in reaching the government`s 
target of nine-year basic education for all children.

Peter added that another important breakthrough was that the government has 
reduction of number of child workers as a program of conditional cash 
assistance, known as Hopeful Family Program (PKH).

"We have conducted a household-based survey and found out that about 4 million 
children aged 5 to 17 are workers," Peter said.

The national survey on child workers conducted by the Central Bureau of 
Statistics (BPS) in Indonesia in association with the ILO in August 2009, found 
that some 4 million children aged 5 to 17 years old are economically active, 
and 1.7 of the children were classified as child workers.(*)

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