Child labour and Education for all

A resource guide for trade unions and a call against child labour and for education for all

published 16 October 2013 updated 30 August 2022

The effective elimination of all forms of child labour is a key objective of the international trade union movement. Universal access to free, quality, compulsory, basic education is the foundation stone to achieve this goal. ILO Convention 138 makes clear the linkages between the elimination of child labour and access to quality basic education for all children.

It is against this background that ACTRAV and Education International have collaborated to develop a trade union manual on Child Labour and Education for All, for use by trade unions in policy advocacy, campaigns, training programmes and other activities.

The manual is both a resource guide and a call to action. It provides a general overview of the reality of child labour, and outlines the strategies and tools unions can put in place. It is illustrated with many examples of union activities from around the world to promote quality education for all as a key strategy in tackling child labour, both at national and international level. It also includes an overview of the key international standards and the main commitments endorsed by the international community in the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All Framework for Action.