16 Apr 2015

Child labour, trafficking in Fiji tackled

7:43 pm on 16 April 2015

The People's Community Network says it has helped hundreds of child labourers from squatter settlements into formal education in Fiji.

Groups involved in the Tackling Child Labour Through Education project, or TACKLE, organised by the International Labour Organisation and funded by the European Union, met in Nadi this week.

The conference heard the project helped 1,147 at risk children out of labour, trafficking or exploitation in Fiji between 2008 to 2013.

The network runs a bridging programme to help child labourers from informal settlements to go to school.

Its community facilitator, Ana Roverove says it cannot force a child to go to school, and many do not want to.

"What we saw is that when children are employed, they have a feel that they earn money, so it's better for them to be at work than to be in school. The majority of them, not really all of them, they help with the money they get to their families."

The People's Community Network community facilitator, Ana Roverove.