The Iltesam platform, Moroccan private sector initiative for the fight against child labor, is born. An initiative led by the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO). The goal is to support businesses in their action to combat child labor, by providing them with awareness kits and online training, in addition to sharing best practices.
Through this initiative, the CGEM thus wants to give companies the opportunity to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Objective (SDG) n ° 8.7 calling on countries to take immediate and effective action to end child labor in all its forms by 2025.
During the launch of Iltesam, the president of the CGEM, Chakib Alj, notably remarked that “Iltesam is the Arabic equivalent of the word engagement”. “Although child labor has decreased significantly in recent years, it continues to constitute a ‘major development issue’ perpetuating the vicious circle of illiteracy, poverty and precariousness,” he explained, before continuing: “The support of all – Government, private sector, international institutions and NGOs – is essential to combat this phenomenon which compromises the future of children and therefore that of our societies and their prosperity”.
For her part, the director of the ILO Office for Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Mauritania, Rania Bikhazi, emphasized the country’s considerable efforts in the fight against the work of children. “According to the 2019 National Employment Survey in Morocco, 34,000 children under 15 are still working against 517,000 in 1999,” she continued. However, the number of children who drop out of compulsory education every year remains high and the situation is still worrying, mainly for children over the age of 15 ”.