Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media 

The causes of child labour are varied and complex. The International Labour Organization (ILO) tackles the issue by using a multifaceted approach, from promoting ratification and effective implementation of ILO child labour Conventions, to mobilizing key sectors of society in the worldwide movement against child labour “Young people have an important role to play in this movement by raising awareness on issues of social justice and exerting their influence locally and globally to bring about social change. By empowering young people, giving them responsibility and recognizing the value of their contribution, we can harness the wealth of creativity and commitment that they can bring to the campaign to eliminate child labour. To this end, the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) created the SCREAM – Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media – programme. SCREAM is an education and social mobilization initiative to help educators worldwide, in formal and non-formal education settings, to cultivate young people’s understanding of the causes and consequences of child labour. The programme places heavy emphasis on the use of the visual, literary and performing arts and provides young people with powerful tools of self-expression while supporting their personal and social development. Through SCREAM, thousands of young people around the world have become engaged in fruitful initiatives to raise awareness against child labour as individuals or in groups and have become young advocates to promote a fair globalization.”

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Equity for Children is an initiative of the Graduate Program of International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School in New York City. Our organization strives to advance an agenda of social justice, human rights and social equality for children worldwide in order to strengthen children’s well being by diminishing child poverty, marginalization and inequality.