Promise Pathways Program
In Morocco’s Marrakesh-Tensift-Al Haouz, up to 14,000 children are already working or are at great risk of becoming agricultural and domestic laborers. Though Morocco has had significant success in addressing child labor, problems continue. In rural areas, children remain a staple of the farm labor force. Child labor laws are often ignored by business owners and current regulations do not give inspectors full access to many of the places, including households, where children are most often employed.
Creative has partnered with three international organizations and a network of local organizations in the Marrakesh region to implement the Morocco Promise Pathways program, funded by U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.
The four-year program in this region aims to reduce child labor by working with communities—particularly youth—and the government to promote quality educational and learning opportunities for residents younger than age 15. It will work jointly with youth, parents, schools, communities and the government to increase school attendance and mitigate early drop out.
The program will also provide safe and productive employment alternatives for youth of legal working age through vocational training and referral assistance that links jobseekers with a network of service providers. Youth entrepreneurs will build their skills through classes and coaching.
The Morocco Promise Pathways program will simultaneously promote household resilience by promoting families’ access to social services, micro-lending and saving programs.
Civil society organizations will receive training to generate awareness of the services available to youth and their families and risks and forms of child labor, while becoming advocates for changes to national child labor laws.
Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Labor. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.
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