STEP in IRAQ
STEP is a non-political, non-profit making, non-governmental humanitarian organization, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or national or ethnic origin.
STEP is committed to:
- equality of opportunity for all.
- child participation in project design and development; listening to children’s voices.
- beneficiaries participation in project design and development.
- working in partnership with local government, NGOs and agencies.
- team work.
- accountability and openness.
- equip and mentor nationals to be effective in project leadership.
- effectiveness and efficiency.
Poverty forces many children to drop-out of school and work in the market place, which increases their vulnerability and decreases future opportunities. This project assists such disadvantaged children, seeks to strengthen local education authorities in their ability to assist the children, provides safe places for the children to rest and provides child protection services for working children.
Poverty reduction must begin with the protection and realisation of the human rights of children. Investments in children are the best guarantee for achieving equitable and sustainable human development.
Many children work 10-14 hours a day and have no time or energy for education. Depriving children of education ensures that the cycle of poverty and exploitation continues. Whilst illiteracy and lack of education is a leading factor causing and exacerbating poverty, child labour gives individuals no opportunity to break out of exploitative labour.
Child labour can not be tackled in isolation. The children who work form a key part to their families economic survival. Therefore, the project has widened its focus from not just the children’s immediate situation but to the needs of their families, who are also vulnerable.