Let’s join our hands

Among adults the term “child labour” conjures up a particular image: children chained to looms in dark mills and sweatshops, as if in a long nightmarish line running from Lancashire in the 1830s right through to the South Asia of today.

In reality, children do a variety of work in widely divergent conditions. This work takes place along a continuum, from work that is beneficial, promoting or enhancing a child’s development without interfering with schooling, recreation and rest to work that is simply destructive or exploitative. There are vast areas of activity between these two poles.

It is at the most destructive end, where children are used as prostitutes or virtual slaves to repay debts incurred by their parents or grandparents or as workers in particularly hazardous conditions, that efforts are focused to stop such abuse.

Vital statistics

1. Some 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 work either full time or part time.

2. Almost half, some 120 million work full-time, every day, all year round.

3. Some 61 per cent of them live in Asia, 32 per cent in Africa and 7 per cent in Latin America.

4. 70 per cent of them work in agriculture.

5. 70 per cent work in a dangerous environment.

6. Of the 250 million children concerned, some 50 million to 60 million are between 5 and 11 years and work, by definition, in hazardous circumstances, considering their age and vulnerability.

7. Child labour is also common in developed countries. For example, in the United States, more than 230,000 children work in agriculture and 13,000 in sweatshops.

Take action (Do as many as u can. It’s in ur hands)

1. Education is the right solution. People who are educated and have heart, spend your time and make them aware of the value of education.

2. Adult is easily tempted to use child labor. Make them overcome this.

3. Introduce action programmes to remove and prevent the worst forms of child labour.

4. Provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation of children and their social integration.

5. Ensure access to free education.

6. Identify children at special risk.

7. Take account of girls and their special situation.


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