Save the Children Launches ‘My Dream…My Right’ Campaign in Jordan
On Wednesday 26th February to Thursday 27th Save the Children in Jordan launched their “My Dream…My Right” national campaign.The two-day event, taking place in Amman and was be hosted by his Excellence the Minister of Labour, Prof.Nidal Al-Katamine.
“My Dream…My Right” is part of Save the Children’s the Promising Futures project, which seeks to reduce child labour in Jordan by providing educational services and strengthening the livelihoods of the families of working children. Funded by the US Department of Labor, the project works in close collaboration with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Development (JOHUD), the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour.
The event consisted of the launching of the short documentary ‘Living on Scrap’, a story focusing on the lives of two young boys working to support their families in collection of scrap materials; the sharing of research findings related to 3 themes (homebound girls, children in scrap collection and a student risk assessment); the opening of the awareness campaign (via schools, billboards and social media); and the development of key policy recommendations.
Children are at the heart of this campaign. They claim their right to an education, protection, the shaping of their own futures and their right to dream. Despite government’s efforts to develop a legal and policy framework to eradicate exploitative child labour, significant gaps in the system still exist. The current legislation only addresses formal sector employment and cases of children in conflict with the law. It offers no protection for children in the worst forms of child labour. Although education is mandatory until the age of 16, this law is currently not enforced. When parents chose to remove their children from school to keep them at home or to engage in work, the authorities cannot decide otherwise.
A child centred legislative framework that allows the government to offer protection to children engaged in, or at risk of getting involved in child labour, is desperately needed.It is the responsibility of the government to provide an environment that enables the eradication of child labour and that involves free and quality education for all.