Labor Dept. Grants $10 Million to Fund Projects to Combat Child Labor in Burma and Morocco
The Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $5 million cooperative agreement to the International Labor Organization to implement a project to reduce child labor in Burma and support the government of Burma’s efforts to comply with international standards. This project will support research and collection of data on the extent and nature of child labor in Burma, build the capacity of national and local organizations to carry out efforts to reduce child labor, implement pilot programs to remove or prevent children from involvement in exploitative labor, and raise awareness about child labor in the country.
The DOL has also awarded a separate $5 million cooperative agreement to implement a project to reduce child labor in Morocco. The project aims to reduce child labor in the Marrakesh-Tensift-Al-Haouz region of Morocco by promoting children’s participation in educational programs and delivering vocational training focused on sectors such as farming and ecotourism. Additionally, it will offer support to youth of legal working age to secure quality employment opportunities.