On Sunday, the European Union (EU) and the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations launched a major project to fight child labour in Egypt, under the auspices of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab.
Head of the UN delegation to Egypt, James Moran, said that the organisation is looking forward to coordinating with the Egyptian government and civil society organisations to fight child labour in Egypt.
The project, which will be implemented for 4 years and will cost €60 million, is expected to aid one hundred thousand children a year, mostly girls who are at risk of child labour.
The WFP project will be implemented in 16 governorates, mostly in Upper Egypt, to provide 25% of the required daily nutritional needs for students.
“Through providing the motivation, food assistance and the livelihood, we aim to support the children to joining the schools, and to keep the weakest children in schools, especially the girls,” said Lubna Alaman the WFP Director in Egypt.
The programme will also support 50,000 to start income generating activities that will help to keep children in schools.
Around 1.6 million Egyptian children are under-age workers between 5 and 17 years old, according to official figures in Egypt.