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Representatives from Angola and Mozambique visit the Catavento Project

09/10/2007: Brazil

The Marist Institute of Solidarity (IMS) in Brasilia, together with the local authorities and the International Work Organization, sponsor the Catavento Project. With this initiative attention is given to 40 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18, by means of a work that has as its main objective to make public institutions and society aware of the serious consequences of child labor. The Asociación Vivir and the Centro Marista Circuito Joven are the entities that take part in this social-educational service.

At the end of September, the Catavento Project was visited by members of the government, managers and workers from Angola and Mozambique, who came to familiarize themselves with the Brazilian experience of the battle against the exploitation of minors. In total a group of 104 people, among them visitors, educators and pupils, came together to share experiences, methodologies, strategies and good practices of prevention and eradication of child labor.

This visit to Brazil was the fruit of the International Project for the Elimination of Child Labor which the Brazilian government finances in those countries. The objective is to put into practice conventions 138 and 182 proposed by the International Work Organization, in which a minimum age to work is proposed (138), and at the same time the worst forms of child labor are recognized (182).

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