Lebanon: “Working children are still children”

The messages of the Children Advisory Comittee members at AMURT Lebanon are spread all over Chouf district in Lebanon on billboards.

Since 2019 the Children Advisory Comittee in Lebanon met regularly to discuss issues around Child Labour. The result of the meetings is a impressive booklet named “Workind children are still children – Protect their rights” and includes an introduction in the campaign, a description of the whole process as well as children´s key messages and recommendations for different target groups. Due to COVID-19 the actual planned Advocacy Action had to be postponed several times. In the last weeks the Team of AMURT Lebanon was able to hang billboards and posters around Upper Chouf. The posters raise awareness for child rights. In the coming weeks, once the situation and lock down regulations calm down, the members of the Children Advisory Comitte will reach out to the parents, schools, employers and political stakeholders.

The full booklet is available in English and Arabic.

Message to parents or caretakers

Give more importance to our education, choose jobs that are suitable and safe for us, and supprt us emotionally and psychologically.

Message to employers

Give more importance to our education, choose jobs that are suitable and safe for us, and supprt us emotionally and psychologically.

Message to schools

Take our parent´s economic situation into consideration, offer awareness about children´s rights and child protection, spread awareness about the importance of education.

Message to NGOs

Provide us with psychosocial support, offer our families financial support, protect us from exploitation and abuse, empower us and spread awareness of children´s rights, offer vocational trainings to equip us with skills to find better jobs.

To national officials including municipalities general security, government, and parliament

Enforce laws that protect working children, monitor employers closely, implement children´s rights to education, decrease school fees and public school´s transportation fees, provide children with health insurance, reduce poverty and support families in need, develop a new ministry that specializes in children´s affairs.