AN impressive 187 children were successfully withdrawn from child labour and re-entered into the mainstream education system by a relatively new NGO, the Suva-based People's Community Network.
Through funding provided by the International Labour Organisation's European Union TACKLE project, PCN embarked on a two-year $170,000 program to withdraw 250 children from child labour.
PCN project officer Ahmed Ali said a further 30 to 40 children were on a waiting list for withdrawal from child labour and to be processed and prepared for life back in school.
"What we are involved in at the moment is a pilot project under the ILO's Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE) program," Mr Ali said.
"Our project is currently focused on 12 informal settlements in the greater Suva-Nausori area and include Jittu, Wailea, Nanuku, Veidogo, Muanivatu, Nadonumai, Tamavua-i-wai, Muslim League, Caubati, Namadai and Veraisi.
"ILO through TACKLE has mandated that we own the project and once successfully established in the Central Division, look to implement it in other divisions as well.
"What we have found through preliminary surveys is that incidents are much higher in the Western Division than in Suva."