The World Day Against Child Labor is an International Labor Organization (IOL)-sanctioned holiday on 12th June and was first launched in 2002, aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labor. Children around the world are routinely engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work that are not harmful to them. However, they are classified as child laborers when they are either too young to work, or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social or educational development. In the least developed countries, slightly more than one in four children (ages 5 to 17) are engaged in labor that is considered detrimental to their health and development (UN).
On this day, Ali Tavakoli, Tehran’s district 19 mayor announced: “Partow Center (in collaboration with Nahal Institute), which is founded on the basis of uplifting socially marred child laborers of elementary and secondary school age range, has taken effective measures in supporting two hundred of these children by providing them with educational, social and psychological services.”
Central emphasis of these measures is on the center’s activities and their relation to increasing peoples’ attention to child labor and the endeavor to minimize damages these children are prone to.
Therefore, on this occasion, various educational and recreational programs are designed for citizens and families of child laborers which include skills and empowerment programs for children; leather and doodle art workshops; educational consultations for families, and more.
Among others, the program of collecting the florists of Hashemi highway, an important and effective measure taken regarding child labor could be mentioned. A coordinated action which entails the prevention of exploiting child laborers to sell flowers in this crowded area; an area that increases the possibility of accidents, and is, therefore, a mortal threat to the children. To this effect, the area is under constant supervision of the program.