2002 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Niue (self-governing state in free association with New Zealand)

There is limited information regarding the extent and nature of child labor and the quality and provision of education in non-independent countries and territories eligible for GSP, AGOA and CBTPA benefits. These areas generally are not eligible to become members of the ILO, and ILO Convention 138 and ILO Convention 182 do not apply to any of them.3937

Statistics on the number of working children under the age of 15 in Niue are unavailable. Information is also unavailable on the incidence and nature of child labor. Education is compulsory for 8 years.3980 Niue has one primary school, and in 1995, the gross and net primary enrollment rates were both 100 percent.3981 While enrollment rates indicate a level of commitment to education, they do not always reflect children's participation in school.3982 The Government of Niue has collaborated with UNESCO to develop an Education for All plan to improve learning achievements and provide better educational opportunities for children with special needs.3983

3937 ILO official, electronic communication to USDOL official, January 31, 2002. Also Julie Misner, USDOL Office of International Organizations, electronic communication to USDOL official, September 3, 2002. Most of the areas covered in this summary report are considered by the ILO to be non-metropolitan territories and therefore, are ineligible to become members of the ILO. An ILO member can submit a declaration to the ILO requesting that these conventions apply to their non-metropolitan territories. See ILO, Constitution, Chapter 1, Article 1 and Chapter III, Article 35 [cited November 12, 2002]; available from http://www.ilo.org/public/english/about/iloconst.htm.

3980 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, National Education Systems, [cited April 5, 2002]; available from http://www.uis.unesco.org/statsen/statistics/yearbook/tables/Table3_1.h….

3981 UNESCO, Education for All 2000 Assessment: Country Reports – Niue, prepared by Department of Education, pursuant to UN General Assembly Resolution 52/84, 1997, [cited January 2, 2002]; available from http://www2.unesco.org/wef/countryreports/niue/contents.html.

3982 For a more detailed discussion on the relationship between education statistics and work, see the preface to this report.

3983 UNESCO, EFA Country Report: Niue.


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