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SELECT (Stop Exploitive Labor and Education Children for Tomorrow)

Dates: 2008-2011

Country: Guinea

Client(s): US Department of Labor

Services: Capacity Building, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

Expertise: Life Skills Training, Basic Education for Children and Adults, Child Labor and Trafficking Prevention, Girls' and Women's Education

World Education surpasses expectations while combating exploitative child labor and trafficking in Guinea

One of the most pressing issues facing Africa is exploitative child labor and child trafficking. In 2010, the Ministry of Planning in Guinea estimated that 66% of rural children aged 7-14 and 91% aged 15-19 are engaged in some form of labor. Since exploitative child labor and trafficking are interlinked problems, trafficking is pervasive in Guinea. The US Department of Labor awarded World Education the Stop Exploitative Labor and Educate Children for Tomorrow (SELECT) program to combat exploitative child labor and trafficking in Guinea. World Education, as the prime, led a consortium that included two other international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and six local NGOs to identify and withdraw at-risk and victim children, place these children into educational programs, mobilize communities to promote child protection – specifically relating to exploitative child labor and trafficking – and galvanize national efforts to address exploitative child labor and trafficking in Guinea.

By project end, SELECT successfully achieved projected objectives, identifying and withdrawing 5,322 at-risk children and 4,497 victim children, and indirectly benefited more than 12,000 students through school infrastructure projects. SELECT’s mid-term evaluation, which was conducted by an US Department of Labor-hired external evaluator concluded that SELECT was a successful program despite the political instability of the country beginning in the program’s first year of implementation.