PREVENTION OF CHILD LABOR 

Seasonal migrant agricultural work is stated as the worst form of child labor within the scope of the National Program on the Elimination of Child Labour 2017-2023, prepared by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

Thousands of children of migratory agricultural worker families are migrating to various regions of Turkey between April and October for seasonal harvesting of different products. These children are working 12-15 hours a day while deprived of basic needs and can’t continue their education 1/3 of the school year, almost half of them leave school completely. With the pandemic, conditions got more difficult; with lengthening distance education and school closures, the risk of these children separating from education has increased considerably.

TURKSTAT (Turkish Statistical Institute) data on child labor, our experiences since 2014, related videos and the details of our projects in this field can be accessed below.

DATA ON CHILD LABOR IN SEASONAL AGRICULTURE 

30.8% OF 720.000 CHILD WORKERS IN TURKEY WORK IN AGRICULTURE

64.1% OF CHILDREN BETWEEN 5-14 YEARS OLD WORK IN AGRICULTURE

SCHOOL DROP-OUT RATE IS INCREASING FROM CHILDHOOD TO YOUTH!

*TURKSTAT (Turkish Statistical Institute), 2019

WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED IN THE PAST 7 YEARS? 

2014
Our journey started in Düzce with "In a Nutshell!" project. We said, "The place of children is our summer schools, not crop fields". We knocked on the doors, visited houses, tents and barracks. We introduced ourselves and said "Your children are entrusted to us!"
2014
2015
Families, teachers, gardeners, agricultural business intermediaries, private & public sector... We said "Everyone is part of the solution", and progressed together!
2015
2016
It was a long journey for the children… Leaving their homes and going to crop fields where the harvest started for cotton, onion, apple, hazelnut… This time we were meeting them in more cities; We were in Düzce, Sakarya, Ordu.
2016
2017
We wished the children never came out of the cities they lived in! We went to Şanlıurfa, one of the cities that emigrate the most. We wanted children to learn with fun and support their education. Most of all, we have created solutions for youth employment by preventing children from dropping out of school.
2017
2018
We published awareness films and documents with our field experience, and offered suggestions and contributions to national and international committees.
2018
2019
By including Syrian refugees in seasonal agriculture in our work, we started our work in Eskişehir.
2019
2020
We continue to take project development and resource development steps for more holistic and sustainable studies. We work in the best interest of children to improve conditions that have become more difficult due to the pandemic.
2020

VIDEOS 

PROJECTS 

In A Nutshell – 2021

The project aims to eliminate child labor among the seasonal migrant agricultural worker families and local children.
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Elimination of the Child Labor in Seasonal Agriculture Project

“Elimination of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture” project aims to contribute to overall policy advocacy and implementation, expansion of knowledge base and improvement of institutional capacity for the elimination of child labor in seasonal agriculture. The project will focus on children engaged in seasonal agricultural work or at-risk and referral to education services together with guidance, counselling and rehabilitation services.
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Scholarship Project

The Young Life Foundation scholarship was announced to the students identified by the foundation in its studies throughout Turkey and through an open call; It is a scholarship given to students studying in primary and secondary education in Turkey, who meet the application conditions for 9 (nine) months, starting from September to the end of May, in an academic year, whose application has been accepted and whose evaluation has been positive by the Foundation Scholarship Commission.
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Last Stop for Child Labour: Eskişehir!

The main objectives of the project are to improve the living conditions of workers in Eskişehir, where seasonal mobile agricultural labor is common, and to prevent child labor for agricultural work intermediaries.
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Seize Your Dreams Through Sports

Within the scope of the project, the enhancement of the participation of children (which come from low-income families bearing the risk of child labour, who are forced to migrate with their seasonal agricultural migrant families, or who come from refugee families who were forced to migrate to Turkey due to ongoing wars in their countries) in social life by supporting their physical, spiritual and social development, has been targeted.
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Beholding Urfa with Youth

Developing the skills of youth, who have been left out of the school system or have failed to attain a profession, for their employment; after connecting youth and local employment opportunities, maintaining their participation in employment; and prevention of youth unemployment, have been targeted.
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Education for Children, Employment for Adults!

With this project, it was aimed to find solutions to the problem of child labour in seasonal agriculture, to better the negative life conditions of families on fields who participate in seasonal migration, and to support personal development and education of children.
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Project for Prevention of Child Labour

The project has been implemented in order to generate solutions to the issue of child labour in seasonal agriculture by developing common working principles with local administrations.
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In A Nutshell (2014 – 2020)

In a Nutshell project mainly put children in the center and established summer schools for both the children of seasonal agricultural workers and local children to keep them away from hazelnut harvest and to provide formal and non-formal education to keep up with their regular education
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