2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Saint Helena (territory of the United Kingdom)

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 countries and territories generally are not eligible to become members of the ILO, so ILO Conventions 138 and 182 do not apply to any of them.[4357] Territories are subject to laws of the sovereign country.

In 2000, the Government of St. Helena reported that there were no working children in the territory.[4408] The minimum age for employment is 15 years.[4409] Education is free and compulsory between the ages of 5 and 15.[4410] Primary school enrollment and attendance rates are unavailable for Saint Helena.

[4357] ILO official, electronic communication to USDOL official, January 31, 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 Constitution; available from http://www.ilo.org/public/english/about/iloconst.htm.

[4408] Gillian Francis, Assistant Secretary, electronic communication to USDOL official, November 24, 2000.

[4409] Ibid.

[4410] Ibid. See also UNESCO Institute for Statistics, National Education Systems.


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