Stop Child Labour: School is the best place to work.
Child labour continues to exist throughout the world. Children work because their survival and that of their families depend on it, and in some cases, because unscrupulous adults take advantage of their vulnerability. Child labour is also due to weaknesses in education systems and is deeply rooted in cultural and social attitudes and traditions. The problem is further compounded by the fact that child labour remains hidden from public view, making the problem seem less of a priority.
Child labour can be factory work, mining or quarrying, agriculture, helping in the parents’ business, having one’s own small business (for example selling food), or doing odd jobs. Some children work as guides for tourists, sometimes combined with bringing in business for shops and restaurants (where they may also work as waiters). Other children are forced to do tedious and repetitive jobs such as assembling boxes or polishing shoes. However, rather than in factories and sweatshops, most child labor occurs in the informal sector, “selling on the street, at work in agriculture or hidden away in houses.
Many child Labour denied an education, freedom of movement, and freedom of information. They are confined, beaten, and terrorized and are forced to work in dangerous conditions that often result in life-long injuries. Because poverty is so widespread, children are seen as disposable and are often fed just enough to be kept alive. It seems there is always a desperate family that could be enticed to sell a child.
Some children are born into bondage and are forced to follow a parent’s trade. Bonded labor also occurs when a child is forced to work to pay off a debt. Many times children incur “expenses” at their workplace, for food and shelter for instance, and are unable to pay off the debt.
WHAT ARE SOME SOLUTIONS TO STOPCHILD LABOR?
Not necessarily in this order:
1. Increased family incomes
2. Education – that helps children learn skills that will help them earn a living
3. Social services – that help children and families survive crisis’, such as disease, or loss of home and shelter
4. Family control of fertility – so that families are not burdened by children
The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child calls for children to participate in important decisions that will affect their lives.
Sakina Foundation Trust believe that one of the most important ways to help child workers is to ask their opinions, and involve them in constructing “solutions” to their own problems. Strong advocates of this approach are Boyden.
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