Teachers Call On All Governments to End Child Labour

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Teachers mark 'World Day Against Child Labour' on
June 12 with the understanding that education is key to breaking the cycle of
poverty that often entraps children into labour.
    "As teachers, we know that education is fundamental to changing the
status quo," says David Clegg, President of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    The International Labour Organization has estimated that over 165 million
children are involved in child labour. Many of these children work long hours,
often in dangerous conditions.
    "Our members call on all governments to end child labour by ensuring
education for all children at least to the minimum age of employment, and
supporting education policies that provide properly resourced quality
education and skills training," said Clegg.
    Clegg explained that ETFO members assist the development of education
worldwide by supporting teachers internationally.
    ETFO members contribute to the 'ETFO Humanity Fund' through payroll
deductions to support teachers around the world, enriching their lives and
their communities. By working with Project Overseas and through partnerships
with Education International and the Canadian Teachers' Federation, ETFO
members share their knowledge with teacher colleagues in developing countries.
    ETFO also undertakes initiatives to educate elementary students and its
members about child labour and the impact of child poverty, said Clegg.
    An ETFO-developed curriculum resource - 'We're Erasing Prejudice for
Good' - devotes a month-long unit at every grade level from kindergarten to
grade 8 to learning about "The Rights of the Child". Another ETFO initiative,
the 'One in Six' DVD, is designed to generate discussion and awareness of
childhood poverty.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), 416-948-0195 (Cell)

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