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ARISE reaches new heights

ARISE reaches new heights

12 June 2018

In 2017 ARISE placed 15,095 more children into formal education, substantially exceeding the impact of previous years. The latest annual review, Reaching New Heights Together, describes how the program is forging sustainable change by implementing robust solutions to prevent child labor.

The ARISE Program has today published its 2017 Annual Review, Reaching New Heights Together, coinciding with World Day Against Child Labor. The report provides substantial data on the impact of the program, and describes several key initiatives that create social value and generate long-term community-spirited benefits such as After School Programs, Model Farm Schools, School Gardens, and Village Savings and Loans Associations.

During the year, ARISE placed 15,095 more children into formal education in targeted tobacco growing communities in Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Achieving Reduction of Child Labor in Support of Education (ARISE), is a joint initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO), JTI (Japan Tobacco International), and Winrock International. The program seeks to end child labor in tobacco growing communities where JTI directly sources tobacco leaf by supporting and encouraging education, and at the same time addressing the underlying social and economic factors that cause child labor.

“We work collaboratively with farmers, communities, business leaders and governments to create solutions that address the causes of child labor whilst always keeping the child’s right to quality education central to what we do. Year on year we help more children into formal education and create new opportunities for them and their families”, says Elaine McKay, Social Programs Director at JTI.

Download a copy of the 2017 Annual Review, Reaching New Heights Together here.