Each year on 12th June, the World Day against Child Labour calls on governments, employers, workers organizations and civil society to highlight the global extent of child labour and the actions and efforts needed to eradicate it.

The European Union supports this appeal to ensure inclusive and equitable quality of education and to promote learning opportunities for all. The European Union calls for immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of all forms of child labour by 2025.

In line with international conventions as the Minimum Age Convention and the Worst Forms of Child Labour both ratified by the Government of Sudan, the European Union funds several initiatives to protect children, to stop their exploitation and guarantee them a proper childhood and a resourceful future.

The 22 million programme “Education Quality Improvement Programme in Sudan funded by the European Union in seven Eastern and Southern States. It supports forcibly displaced populations and host communities, improving the quality of basic education and making it accessible to all.

The European Union also takes actions to protect the socio-economic situation of families, a major cause of child labour exploitation. The European Union specifically supports the most vulnerable among refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and host communities, to enhance their working conditions. The EU also funds projects on Technical Vocational Education and Training in Khartoum, Gedaref and Kassala, with an allocation of 5 million Euros, providing specific skills required by the labour-market to increase job opportunities and ability to respond to crisis situations.

Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan said “We undertake actions to protect children, to avoid their exploitation and guarantee them a proper childhood and a resourceful future. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals and ILO Conventions, we once again reaffirm our strong commitment in restlessly carrying on all necessary actions to completely eradicate child labour.”