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Open letter Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour

Open letter from Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Greetings from Global March Against Child Labour!

We want to congratulate all of you for the success of Global Action Week, organised by Global Campaign for Education on the theme "Education to End Exclusion".  More than with 7.5 million children, adults, teachers and politicians joined in over 100 countries to learn about the importance of everyone having the chance for a quality education and entered in Guinness Book Record.

10 year of Global March tenure we have observed that campaigns have been our strong weapon in this fight to end slavery. In these years we have been able to run awareness campaigns in most sensitive areas of Africa, Latin America, and South Asia with fewer funds in hand; but motivation to make change in the life of children brought remarkable changes in the system to make it more children centric.  Due to these campaigns child labour education linkage was recognised all over world due to which Global March was able to form Global Task Force on Child Labour and Education for all comprising ILO, UNESCO. UNICEF, World Bank, UNDP, Education International and Global March Against Child Labour.  

World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL)– 12 June in approaching and this years’ theme is “EDUCATION – THE RIGHT RESPONSE TO END TRAFFICKING & CHILD LABOUR”. This is in tandem with the Global March philosophy and position on child labour elimination. Global March firmly believes that ending the economic exploitation of children can only be possible when free, compulsory and quality education is assured for all children regardless of gender, race, religion, and social or economic status. The elimination of child labour andeducation for all are two sides of one coin. One cannot be achieved without provision for the other.

In this regard I would call upon you to observe the World Day Against Child Labour on 12th June 2008 with full strength. You may plan your activities such as public hearing, media event, issuing press release, human chains, symposium or in-house discussion among the children, community and staff you work with.

We would be very happy to highlight the action taken by you on our Global March website and e-newsletter. We request you to send us the reports of your organization and country specific detail on info@globalmarch.org

It should be our clear demand to have greater civil society role in planning, implementation and monitoring of child labour elimination strategies in line with the recommendations to the ILO Convention 182

In Solidarity

Kailash Satyarthi