ALASKO is a non profit social organization of Moslem students in
Surabaya. The organization deals with poor children under aged 14
years old who were forced to work. The foundation provides the children
with non formal and religious education and involve them in recreational
activities since 1990.
The major activities that the foundation ever taken in child labour
is to conduct research on social economic conditions of working
children and afterwards implement integrated development programmes
such as character building and behaviour development.
The collaboration with IPEC started in 1992 with the aim was reducing
the number of working children in fishing village in Kalisari (Surabaya)
by providing them access to education. During this collaboration
the foundation was successful in raising awareness about the importance
of education for the children amongst the working children's parents.
They succeeded in convincing a number of parents to let their children
participate in the action programme and also convinced the community
in general through social worker visits, a seminar, brochures, posters
and booklets. The awareness raising activities resulted in providing
25 working children were provided with non formal education and
recreational activities to enhance the children's creativity.
The collaboration ended in 1993because the foundation
merely focus on street children and at that time there were so many
NGOs or institutions dealt with the issue, therefore IPEC considered
it as not a priority. As for the foundation capacity, they have
limited number of staffs and all of them were part timer.