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Child Labour and Education in Jordan: A Rapid Assessment

Abu-Rumman, Raed and Shahateet, Mohammed and Shahin, Azmi (2002): Child Labour and Education in Jordan: A Rapid Assessment.

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As part of the Country Programme preparation activities, a rapid assessment on child labour and education was undertaken with a specific interest in the programme implications for IPEC. This study looked at child labour and education issues, not only to understand child labour, but also to understand its implications for the design of education policies and interventions that can contribute to enhanced enrolment, retention and academic achievement of working children in the basic education system. Objectives of the Study: The main objectives of the study were: 1) to provide an in-depth understanding of the complex phenomenon of child labour and education; 2) to collect qualitative information specifically related to educational and psycho-social needs based on working children’s specific experiences, insights, and perceptions; 3) to determine the attitude and knowledge levels of educators and parents on child labour-related issues; and 4) to recommend policies and programmes aimed at reducing child labour through educational interventions. Target groups and locations: The survey was undertaken in basic education schools in selected areas of Amman, Zarqa, Balqa and Ma’an where child labour is of great concern. A total of 327 children between the ages of 9 and 17 were interviewed (Boys: 83.5 percent; Girls: 16.5 percent) The survey looked at the issue of child labour and education within the larger context of family and school and included interviews with 16 teachers/ school counsellors and 16 parents of the targeted children.

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