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Fighting against child labour



Children and adolescents cry out for their social rights

04/07/2007: Brazil

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day Against Child Labour, 12th June, there were several events in the Province of Brasil Centro-Norte. We would like to highlight the activity that was carried out in Brasilia, the seat of the Brazilian government. About 1000 children and adolescents from various nearby cities participated, defending the objectives of the Programme for the Eradication of Child Labour.

The Marists had a very significant presence. There were sixty children and adolescents from the Catavento project, a work carried out in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation, the Marist Solidarity Institute and the Marist Centre “Circuito Jovem”. There were also five adolescents from the junior secondary department of the Maristão College and two hundred children from Taguatinga Marist College. During the activity, the Centre of Digital Inclusion of the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology was inaugurated. This Centre will function in the National Library. The aim of this project is to introduce computing studies to at risk children and adolescents.

Two children from the Marist Centre “Circuito Jovem” read a letter addressed to the local authorities telling their story of child labour. The authorities have set themselves a time of co-operation so that Brasilia will be the first city in Brazil to eradicate child labour.

UBEE-UNBEC, Gerencia Social/IMAS

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