Child labour in Vietnam will be targeted using a US$8m grant from the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Affairs to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The technical co-operation project, aimed at preventing and reducing child labour in the country, will be conducted in co-ordination with the Vietnamese government.

The project will try to increase the capacity of national institutions and stakeholders to identify and respond to child labour, to raise awareness of the issue, and to make local interventions in aid of children at risk of, or involved in, the worst forms of child labour.

“2015 marks the 15th year of our bilateral co-operation on labour issues with the Government of Vietnam,” said Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Carol Pier.

“The Government of Vietnam has taken great strides to enhance national and local capacity to address child labour, and the funding of this project highlights our continued partnership and underlines our commitment to provide assistance to vulnerable children and their families.”

An estimated 1.75m children are child labourers in Vietnam, mainly in agriculture, the Bureau said. One in three children works more than 42 hours a week and, of this group, very few have formal education.