In the middle of the Calchaquíes Valleys, in Los Pizarros, near La Cocha, Tucumán, a CRECER center became an “essential shelter for the children of rural workers in the tobacco sector” during school holidays.
The president of the National Registry of Rural Workers and Employers (RENATRE), Adrián Luna Vázquez, highlighted the importance of this program, which they implement in collaboration with the Vamos a Andar Foundation. “The operation of the CRECER center allows the children of rural workers to enjoy workshops that they might not be able to access if the program did not exist, such as sports, dance, music, theater, muralism, art, recreation, reading and writing workshops, games of philosophy and healthy nutrition,” he stated.
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In this sense, the activities, which will take place until the end of February, offer the approximately 110 children and adolescents, ages 4 to 17, a safe and stimulating environment from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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From RENATRE, which makes up the 4 entities of the liaison table and the UATRE (Argentine Union of Rural Workers and Stevedores), they said that, in addition to receiving educational, recreational and recreational attention, the participants enjoy a balanced diet that ensures their development. cognitive and emotional.
The president of RENATRE, Adrián Luna Vázquez, highlighted the relevance of the program by underlining: “The CRECER center provides opportunities for the children of rural workers to participate in various activities, from sports and music to reading workshops and healthy nutrition.” (Photo : RENATRE).
An essential program to prevent and eradicate child labor
In turn, they explained that the workshops adapted to different age groups cover cultural and sports activities. “The objective is to provide children and adolescents with a space where they can express themselves freely, develop their skills and enhance their individual resources,” they noted.
Meanwhile, Daniela García, Secretary of Training and Training of RENATRE, highlighted the essentiality of the program for the Registry, considering it “a crucial institutional policy to prevent and eradicate child labor.” The consolidation of the program “is attributed to the outstanding work of specialized professionals in all centers,” she stated.
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“Despite the economic situation, we managed to maintain these centers and work to expand them to other provinces. We are looking for partners interested in joining the program, essential for the well-being of the rural family,” he highlighted.
In this context, José Voytenco, director of RENATRE, pointed out that the project, supported by the Vamos a Andar Foundation and with the collaboration of Alliance One Tobacco Argentina (AOTA), “represents a significant commitment.”
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Furthermore, he stressed: “At RENATRE we value the continuity of these initiatives, generating an essential space that contributes to the comprehensive development of children and strengthens their rights. Also, it supports rural families by providing a safe and educational place for their children during harvest periods.”