Labor Dept. Announces $6 Million Program to Combat Child Labor in Paraguay
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced Nov. 6 a $6 million award to a non-profit organization to implement a new four-year project to combat child labor in Paraguay. This project will address specific recommendations in a recent DOL report that recognized Paraguay’s improvement from moderate advancement to significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.
According to a DOL press release, the new project will provide specialized training and support to Paraguay’s Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, which was created in 2014, to strengthen the effectiveness of the labor inspectorate, improve the ministry's data systems on labor law enforcement, and increase interagency collaboration on combating child labor. It will also implement innovative education and training programs in the region of Guairá with the aim of keeping children in school and youth out of hazardous jobs, in part by working with Paraguay's National Training Institute to develop programs that provide market-relevant skills that lead to sustained employment.