Pact’s vocational education program: Learnings through the years

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Pact’s vocational education program: Learnings through the years

Amayèle Dia, Mary Sherman · August 16, 2021
Pact’s vocational education program: Learnings through the years Eliane’s dream is to have a workshop equipped with many sewing machines that will allow her to teach sewing to other children who have left the quarries in her community. (Credit: Pact)

Since 2015, Pact has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo to eliminate and address child labour in Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM), which is one of the worst forms of child labour. We use a multisectoral approach in collaboration with communities, administrative authorities, companies and child miners themselves. In this approach, we have facilitated the retrieval of 705 adolescent miners (15-18 years old) from mine sites in the DRC, providing them with vocational trainings in alternative trades.

The DRC is endowed with some of the largest mineral deposits in the world. The country produces about 60 per cent of the world’s cobalt and about 4 per cent of cassiterite. It is estimated that at least 20 per cent of cobalt and 8 per cent of cassiterite are produced by artisanal miners through manual labour and the use of rudimentary tools.

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