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Comedy night against child labour

17 February 2008 - On 25 February, FNV Jong presents a comedy night against child labour. More specifically, it wants to draw attention to the fate of Outhman from the Moroccan town of Fès, whose hands had to be amputated after they were shattered in a work accident at age 12.

“We have launched a campaign to support Outhman because he symbolises the misery caused by child labour”, says Renée de Vries, board member of FNV Jong (the youth branch of trade union confederation FNV). The organisation is raising money to pay for hand prostheses. It also wants to set up an education fund for Outhman and his brothers and sisters.

A delegation of FNV Jong met Outhman by chance during a trip to Morocco in 2006, explains De Vries. The delegation was visiting a school drop-out and child labour prevention programme carried out by Moroccan teachers’ union Syndicat National de l’Enseignement and supported by its Dutch counterpart AOb.

“The programme is highly successful”, says De Vries. It consists of training courses for teachers, parental participation activities and extending school activities to six days a week. Since the introduction of the programme, the number of school drop-outs in Fès decreased from 700 to 47.

Next week’s Outhman benefit will feature performances by Roué Verveer, Wilco Terwijn, Murth Mossel and Soundos. Further, three photos by Chris de Bode will be auctioned. Every euro raised at the benefit will be matched by FNV Jong.

Comedy Night; Outhman website (both in Dutch). Photo: Chris de Bode


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