OVERVIEW OF PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL INC., PROJECTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NGOS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO EDUCATION IN TOBACCO-GROWING COMMUNITIES
In Kazakhstan, a child labor prevention program has been set up thanks to a partnership between Philip Morris International and the Public Union Women’s Education and Consultancy Services Center, Karylgash. Established in 2010, the program have seven key components:
Since 2008, Philip Morris International has been partnering with regional NGO, Total Land Care (TLC), In Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania to develop sustainable solutions to address poverty and tackle child labor in tobacco-growing communities. Providing children with access to education is a critical step toward achieving these objectives.
Through the partnership with TLC, PMI is providing improved infrastructure for local schools (in Malawi alone this has results in the construction of 66 school blocs providing education for more than 25,000 students) and consequently, helping to improve the literacy and quality of education provided in these three African countries, generating higher levels of enrollment and retention rates in primary level education.
More recently, PMI attended the national conference in Tanzania entitled, “Pathways to Sustainability: Together We Can Eradicate Child Labour in Agriculture” . The conference was hosted by the Government of Tanzania, Ministry of Labor (MoLE), and organized in collaboration with the Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco (ECLT) Foundation . The International Labor Organization (ILO) was also involved and provided technical support. As a result of the conference, the Permanent Secretary of the MoLE, mandated by the Tanzanian Prime Minister, approved the Conference’s Outcomes and a Recommended Actions Document which further clarifies the roles of the different stakeholders involved in tackling child labor in the country and, most importantly, formalizes the government’s commitment to strengthen the capacity of the National Inter-Sectorial Coordination Committee (NISCC), which will: