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Nicaragua. Tripartite agreement for eradication of child labour and improving rural life and education

The agricultural workers union in Nicaragua, ATC, has signed a Tripartite agreement with the government (Ministry of Labour)and the organisations of agricultural employers with the objective of combining efforts for the eradication of child labour in agriculture. The agreement was signed on June 12 as part of the World Day Against Child Labour in Agriculture.

According to data from the Ministry of Labour, there are 238,827 working children between 5 and 17 years old. The legal minimum age is 14 years old.

The signatories are committed to eliminate worst forms of child labour by 2015 and total eradication of child labour by 2020. They also agreed to promote strategies and programmes to improve the living conditions in the countryside, to eliminate the gap between urban and rural education and promote opportunities for young people to work in agriculture.