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US Department of Labor awards $10 million to combat child labor in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s  Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $10 million cooperative  agreement to World Vision to combat exploitative child labor in Ethiopia that  will focus on child labor in rural areas and the traditional weaving industry.

“The United States is working with the  international community to end all exploitative child labor by 2016,” said  Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Our grant will provide increased education  and awareness, and critical assistance to families and governments to help  bring us closer to our goal.”

The project will take a  comprehensive approach in addressing exploitative child labor, in cooperation  with the Ethiopian government, at the local and national levels. Funds will be  used to reintegrate children into formal or non-formal education systems and to  transition children of legal working age to vocational education and  apprenticeship training. Vulnerable families also will be linked to income-generating  opportunities that reduce reliance on child labor.  Through collaboration with the University of Gondar, the grantee will raise awareness  and train labor inspectors on child labor laws as well as occupational safety  and health standards.

Since 1995, Congress has  appropriated approximately $780 million to the Labor Department to support  global efforts to combat exploitative child labor. As a result, the department  has rescued approximately 1.4 million children from exploitative child labor.  More information on the department’s efforts is available at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/.

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