Spotlight on CEBAIE, Bolivia:
Network for children and adolescents discusses child labor
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Meeting of Interinstitutional Childhood and Adolescence Network
Photo: Winrock International
The non-governmental organization CEBIAE estimates that, in the Municipality of Potosí, in Bolívia, there are around 5.000 children and adolescents working in the street as sellers, shoe shiners, car washers, and in sectors such as mining, transportation and domestic labor. To prevent and eradicate child labor in the region, CEBIAE is implementing the program Potosí Education City, with the support of CIRCLE.

The program’s specific objective is to strengthen the work and coordinate institutions and organizations in the Municipality of Potosi, with the aim to help generate policies and programs in the field of education, with large social participation, and focusing on the prevention and eradication of child labor. The program is composed by three processes: empowerment of the civil society, empowerment of local organizations and government, and empowerment of public schools.

One of the fronts promoted by CEBIAE is the coordination of joint actions to improve the livelihoods of children and adolescents, building on the experience of Red Pró Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes Trabalhajores (PRONAT). In order to expand the network to other social actors and address child labor within a greater context, CEBIAE is promoting the creation of the Interinstitutional Network for Childhood and Adolescence, currently in the process of formulation of a Municipal Agenda on childhood and adolescence.