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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