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ILO team takes stock of child labourers

A FIVE-MEMBER team from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) today visited the city to familiarise themselves with the initiatives being taken for the eradication of child labour here.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 00:18 IST

A FIVE-MEMBER team from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) today visited the city to familiarise themselves with the initiatives being taken for the eradication of child labour here.

The team showed keen interest in the vocational training being imparted by the Khwaish Beauty Parlour to girl students. The parlour provides vocational training to girl child labourers.  

The team also inspected eight schools at Jajmau being run under the Indus Project. The ILO team was headed by country head Preet Verma. In all, there are 46 schools for child labourers in the city. The Indus Child Labour Project is being run in five districts of the State including Kanpur, Allahabad, Firozabad, Aligarh and Mauradabad.

The ILO team inquired about the teaching method adopted by the schools, the standard of education being imparted at the schools, the infrastructure provided to students by the school, the dress provided to students and the food served to them.

During the inspection, the quality of food being served in two schools at Jajmau was found to be poor. A warning was issued to both schools and directed to serve quality food. Ata Health Camp organised at one such school, four children were diagnosed medically unfit. 

Leather units of Jajmau and Chamanganj, where a large number of child labourers have been engaged, were also inspected by the ILO team. District project director JP Singh also accompanied the team members.   

Meanwhile, under the prestigious Indus Project, noted director Shyam Benegal has been engaged by the ILO to shoot a 22-minute documentary film on child labourers. Benegal’s crew was in the city to work on the project even though Benegal personally could not turn up for the shooting.