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Points to be consider

Points to consider in organising a football match

This football match is about raising awareness of child labour and making a strong point in the process. We want people to think about child labour, about education and about children’s rights. To do this, we need to involve and impact on all the community where the match is being organised and we need to get our messages out.

·         If possible, involve the children who are concerned by this issue, those who work or who are marginalised or excluded in some way, those who are vulnerable. It is their day and they must have a voice.

·         Organise two teams who will play against each other in a sense of fun, “fair play” and solidarity.

·         If possible, involve celebrities and personalities to ensure more interest from within the community and from the media. They can be sports players, singers, musicians, actors, entertainers, politicians, councillors, and so on. Involve as many as you can and talk to them about the theme of the football match and gain their support.

·         Call the teams two different names but which are relevant to the issue of child labour, for example, one team could be called “End Child Labour”, another “Education”, or “Children’s Rights”, or “Child Protection”. What matters is getting the message out. The names of the teams should be printed or written on their shirts for all to see and understand.

·         Make sure you have a referee who is well informed about the nature of the game and the activity and who joins in the sense of fun and fair play.

·         Get someone to commentate the game using a PA system on the sidelines, for example, a local journalist and then the media will be involved.

·         Call on a photographer to come along and take pictures of the teams, the game and the spectators and to ensure that good promotional photographs are available to raise further awareness.

·         Make sure everyone has a great occasion and maybe organise one or two people to speak at half-time or at the end to explain to the spectators the messages we want to convey. Invite politicians or local dignitaries to speak and perhaps to distribute prizes to the players.

·         Get the messages out and raise awareness of the need to eliminate and prevent child labour, ensure all children go to school and have the right to play!

Please send us reports of your football match activities with photographs if possible. We will use these materials as part of our future awareness-raising activities. Send all your materials to info@globalmarch.org.

Make sure you do something on or near the World Day. The more we do and the more we involve others, the stronger will be our messages to the world.

Global March calls on all governments to:

·         Ratify, implement and follow-up ILO Convention No. 138 on the Minimum Age of Employment, ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two optional protocols.

·         Endorse and follow-up Roadmap 2016 in each national context.

·         Develop, implement and follow-up a National Plan of Action on Child Labour within the framework of the ILO Global Plan of Action, involving the social partners and civil society in a meaningful way in this process.

·         Develop, resource and implement a policy of education for all children to ensure that universal primary education is achieved by 2015, including the hardest-to-reach children, and that efforts are made to offer access to free and good quality secondary education as soon as possible.

·         Develop, resource and implement appropriate second-chance education strategies to ensure access to quality education for those who have either missed out or who have dropped out. 

·         Form inter-ministerial and multi-stakeholder National Committees on Child Labour and Education to coordinate coherent efforts to ensure education for all and to end child labour.

·         Invest at least 6 per cent of GNP to support national education for all efforts and sustain these.

Global March calls on the international and donor communities to:

·         Ensure increased funding to support the implementation of and follow-up to Roadmap 2016, including to strengthen the worldwide movement against child labour. 

·         Meet the financial commitment made in the Dakar Framework of Action to ensure all children benefit from a primary education.

·         Support the development and implementation of a Global Financial Transaction Tax and to direct resources from this to the elimination and prevention of child labour.

·         Provide debt relief and end conditionality on overseas aid, allowing developing countries with time-bound and effective national development plans, including on child labour, to invest in their children’s futures.

·         Invest more than 0.1 per cent of GNP for overseas aid aimed directly at benefiting children, particularly in the area of child labour and education for all.

Global March calls on the business community to:

·         Ensure that there is no child labour involved at any level in global and domestic supply chains.

·         Provide a decent living wage to workers above the minimum age of employment and ensure full respect for core labour standards in their business activities.

 Global March calls on society to:

·         Become more informed on child labour and report incidents of child exploitation of any form to the appropriate authorities and organisations.

·         Strengthen the Global March movement by becoming more actively involved in the activities organised by Global March members/partners in the different regions.

·         Promote the development of national and regional coalitions of civil society, teacher and trade union organisations to become members of the Global March movement.

·         Organise, promote and support activities around the World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June each year.

·         Talk to others about the problem of child labour and the importance of education for all children.