Create Educational Opportunities
GoodWeave’s social programs serve victims, address the root causes of child labor, or often both. In the countries where we work, GoodWeave tailors interventions to the context. Over the years, we have started early childhood education centers, coordinated home schooling, provided school sponsorship, and made a second home for children who desperately needed one.
Schoolrooms, Not Looms
Our aim is to reach children before they ever have to come face-to-face with an inspector in a factory. Education is key to achieving this goal. With that in mind, we have provided direct educational support to more than 44,000 children since 1994. Equally important, however, are efforts that increase access to education for vulnerable worker communities not served by governments or NGOs. This work includes collaborating with stakeholders to ensure an ongoing commitment to the educational development of children in working communities.
Our educational initiatives represent the outgrowth of small-scale, targeted programs originally tailored to the needs of communities directly linked to GoodWeave-inspected supply chains. These include daycare and early-childhood education centers for the children of adult workers, as well as school-sponsorship programs for children who were identified as high risks for exploitation and trafficking. In Afghanistan, GoodWeave sponsored special home tutoring programs geared toward families with daughters, as well as supplemental classes to round out that country’s abbreviated school day. And in India, our Child-friendly Community (CFC) program is resulting in measurable, long-term government support for improved schooling. Today, programs such as these are necessarily expanding in lockstep with the growth of supply chains that have been brought under the GoodWeave banner.
Education as a Human Right
While GoodWeave is as committed as ever to serving former child laborers and the children of workers, we’re also extending our reach outward—into the broader community. Our education policy framework emphasizes strategic intervention in communities where perceptions and practices place children at a higher risk of being trafficked or enslaved, as well as the transferability and adoption of our successful monitoring and evaluation programs by local, regional, and national governments.