Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has 94.4% of its children with access to education. It is one of the 26 pioneering countries of the Global Alliance 8.7 to eliminate forced labor, modern-day slavery, human trafficking and child labor.
“Vietnam currently has 94.4% of its children enrolled in school. This result is mainly related to policies to improve access to education for all, which are implemented in addition to social security and poverty reduction policies.” This was stated by Nguyên Thi Hà, Deputy Minister of Labor, Disability and Social Affairs, at the 5th World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor, which took place recently in Durban, South Africa.
She said: “Many models and measures have been put in place in government, cooperation and international aid programs and projects, such as improving a child-friendly working environment in traditional craft villages and the informal sector, creating livelihoods for families, helping children at risk of access to vocational training. and suitable employment ’.
Providing comprehensive education
The Vietnamese Vice-Minister shared Vietnam’s experience in providing comprehensive education for children during a 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 for businesses and social groups to expand Internet coverage, provide computers for poor and migrant children, and flexibly combine online education with full-time teaching,” she said. An example is the “Waves and Computers for Kids” program launched by the Vietnamese government.
According to Ms Ha, one of the pioneering countries of the Alliance 8.7, Vietnam will continue to act and wants to use more technical assistance and resources to successfully implement the 2030 Agenda. Sustainable Development, in particular the 8.7 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) child labor.
Alliance 8.7 is a global partnership committed to achieving the goal of sustainable development 8.7 by 2030. It brings together actors at all levels to work together, strategically, share knowledge and ultimately accelerate progress to meet this commitment by 2030. Its strength lies in in the diversity of their partners and their determination to cross borders and face challenges together. The International Labor Organization (ILO) currently serves as the secretariat for the Alliance 8.7.
During this 5th World Conference, the Vietnamese delegation proposed solutions to improve the quality of education, strengthening access to education for children, especially in poor, near-poor and at-risk families. “Education is an important key to breaking the vicious circle of poverty that leads to child labor,” said Dang Hoa Nam, director of the children’s department at the Ministry of Labor, Disability and Social Welfare.
According to Nam, Vietnam has made some progress in recent years in the universalization of age-based education. “A recent social survey of child labor in Vietnam shows that an increasing number of minors at risk of employment are being educated,” he said.
Abolition of child labor
“Vietnam was one of 26 pioneering countries to join the 8.7 Alliance to eliminate forced labor, modern-day slavery, human trafficking and child labor. That means it has a very proactive policy, Vietnam is constantly making significant progress in this area.” said the Director of the ILO. -General Guy Ryder.
Since 2018, the country has been conducting a national survey on child labor and has implemented a national policy to eliminate it. “I think one of the reasons this is so important for Vietnam is that it is integrating deeper into the global economy, into global supply chains and concluding important trade agreements, especially with the European Union, where countries are very interested in working. force. Vietnam has made a clear decision and your country is considered to be making a very serious effort to eliminate child labor, “he said.
And insist: “So I’m extremely satisfied with the cooperation with Vietnam so far. I’m optimistic because it will bring good results for the country and for the global efforts against child labor.”
According to him, there are 160 million children in the world, ie 9.6% of the total number. “In addition to education and social protection, parents need a stable job and income to get out of poverty and prevent their children from being pushed to work,” he concluded. – CVN / VNA