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AMMAN (JT) - Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday said statistics on child labour in the country are unacceptable and indicate this is a big challenge that should be dealt with in a firm manner.During a visit to the Golden Jubilee Secondary School for Boys in Marka yesterday, she checked on progress in the implementation of a programme seeking to rehabilitate schools dropouts.
Implemented by Questscope for Social Development in the Middle East, the programme seeks to provide students who miss out on regular teaching with an opportunity to learn.
The Non-Formal Education Programme is part of a larger scheme dubbed, “Combat Child Labour Through Education”, which is conducted in cooperation with several local partners in 39 public schools across the Kingdom.
Queen Rania yesterday met with 21 students aged between 10 and 17 years who are benefiting from the programme at the Golden Jubilee School, which was established in 1985 and educates 1,080 students from the fourth to 12th grade.
The Queen checked on their situations and heard how they benefited from the programme, which provides them with knowledge and skills over two years after which they can enrol in vocational training centres.
Her Majesty also met with partners supporting the Combat Child Labour Through Education Programme.
At the meeting, Queen Rania noted that the children she met have the courage, determination and willingness to effect change, adding that these are qualities required to ensure the success of the programme.
Her Majesty said that despite the achievements so far, there is more to be done, especially because of the high percentage of working children in the Kingdom.
According to a Department of Statistics survey on child labour in Jordan there are about 33,000 working children in the Kingdom, 32 per cent of them in Amman.
The survey, which covered the years 2007-2008, indicates that 91 per cent of the working children are Jordanians, while boys account for 89 per cent of the total.
The Queen said efforts should follow two tracks - first, making children leave their workplace and attend school, and second, protecting those who are likely to dropout and working to keep them in school.
She called on the concerned authorities to coordinate efforts and involve parents in shouldering their responsibilities towards their children, especially since it is the children who pay the price for quitting education, which is a right they should not be deprived of.
Her Majesty also noted that it is important to change attitudes towards vocational training, which many consider is only restricted to some segments, highlighting the importance of benefiting from international experiences in education and vocational training.
She said inspection campaigns in workplaces that employ children should be firm in enforcing the law, adding that it is important to address legal loopholes that are taken advantage of.
During the visit, Her Majesty gave instructions for identifying workplaces that hire dropouts in order to accelerate the implementation of the programme and introduce in areas with high percentages of working children.http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=19491