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How to Help Ending Child Labor?

World Day Against Child Labour

For millions of children, childhood ends too early. According to the data provided by the International Labor Association (ILO), 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are in employment worldwide and among them, 152 million are victims of child labor. Moreover, about73 million work in hazardous child labor.

June 12th is observed as the day against child labor, and the theme for 2019 is: Children shouldn’t work in fields but on dreams!

Almost half of all 152 million children victims of child labor are aged 5-11 years
42 million are 12-14 years old; and 37 million are 15-17 years old.

Child labor is concentrated primarily in agriculture (71%), which includes fishing, forestry, livestock herding, and aquaculture, and comprises both subsistence and commercial farming; 17% in Services; and 12% in the Industrial sector, including mining.
Unfortunately, child labor has many other faces as there are children affected by the worst forms of child labor such as slavery, child trafficking, debt bondage, forced labor, serfdom, sexual exploitation, and illegal activities.

Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by world leaders in 2015, include a call to the global community to take “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.”

You can take action to help children get an education, play and live a normal childhood. If you have an idea or project that champions SDG 8 and 16, you can focus also on target 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms

Or target 16.2: End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.

In the meantime, if you are involved with initiatives or projects that champion the other SDGs and have a special focus on child education and well-being, you can join the Entrepreneurship Campus and enter our competitions. You will have the opportunity to expand your network with other people that share the same interests, ideas and projects. On the other hand, you can inspire other people to start another similar movement in a different country.

Credit: ILO, un.org

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18 Comments

  1. In Nigeria 43% Of Nigerian Children engaged in child labour and this cut across the three major tribes in Nigeria(Yoruba,Igbo and Hausa).

    Many children are being exposed to hard life from their childhood and this has resulted to many children not having access to Quality Education,Shelter,Care and Love.

    Many are on the street of Nigeria with their mothers begging for food & money to take care of themselves.

    This is why my project idea is very important to me.

    Reviving Technical Education In Nigeria will go a long way to help equip many young adults with the relevant skills for self reliance.

  2. Wow this a very nice update.
    Young children are also been molested out there, through proper orientation it will help their parent take good care of them.
    Also orphans children needs to be educated.

  3. I am already taking action as regards this issue. My project Bibieandrea Services Venture is on SDGs 4 & 8. This project is committed to resolving poor quality education in Nigeria specifically in the rural/peri-urban community. Therefore, we train and educate 2 out of school children annually by creating a safe space for them; giving them the opportunity to become better people in their community and the society at large.

  4. It is important for every adult to view children as children period. One way to curb this is to make education compulsory for all. One way to compel children be in school is to have free education. In kenya the enrollment to primary schools is high now and the transition to secondary schools is almost 90 per cent

  5. Still, in the month of June, we at Insightful Edutech equally join our voices in the fight against child labor. It is said that children are the pillars that hold the four corners of any nation because of their different abilities to build and contribute to the growth of her nation. But when a country has refused to empower and invest in her youths, the reverse will be the case. Nigeria and every other country in African are seriously guilty of this and immediate action must be taken. TheirWorld is an international organization that is working to give voice to every voiceless child in the world that are being denied of this human right.

    Torchlight, if this is truly your line, I wish you the very best and do all you can to win the fight against child labor.

  6. I have been a victim of Child labor while I was child. The reason being I can from a very large family and my dad could hardly provide for everyone. We resorted to doing odd jobs like fetching water for others just to get paid and be able to survive.

    I think one way we can overcome child labour based on my experience is to spread awareness on family planning and child spacing. Its important that as upcoming parents, we cut our coats according to our sizes to avoid these instances.

    Thank you for this. Mothercare app will have to emphasize this in its family planning sessions.

  7. Child labour is an infringement on the rights and privileges of children. We must educate people on child labour and implement immediate pragmatic measures that would aid curb or eradicate child labour in the world. Measures such as creating jobs for the parents of these children, making education affordable, enforcing child labour laws among others. Together we can end child labour.

    Please read my idea at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13692 and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!
    Thank you.

  8. Child labour is violation of Human Rights. Human Rights activists should be vigilant to persecute those promoting child labour. This doesn’t mean this is Human Rights activist responsibility alone. It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect children!

  9. If you do not know that children are communal, try being careless with your OWN in public.
    Crochet Hub Africa

  10. In Kenya most of the children abused are the ones living on the streets, and my idea is centred on this. My idea, “Social enterprise business for the marginalized street youths. “, was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14962 and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!
    You can support my idea by
    a) voting for it
    b) commenting and giving positive feedback
    c) tell your friends about it to do the same.

    Thanks for your support!

  11. Young children are also been molested out there, through proper orientation it will help their parent take good care of them

  12. No water in my location

  13. This is a violation of human right children deserve to be in school at this age, but most of them at the age of seven they are the breadwinner of their family. Some become a victim to this because they have lost their parents and no one to provide for them. I hope the world under UN SDG we work together to fight against this injustices.

    Regards
    Oshikulu cultural village and living museum
    https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/my-ideas/13566/?

  14. Ibrahim s Bangura

    06.07.2019 · Reply

    The human rights is working very hard to make sure child labour end but need to do more, support rural NGO ogrsnizstion that are fighting or planning to protect the rights if children .

    So far, as a young leader, youth activities working to see that children especially rural children have their rights, I have found an NGO call ‘Future Leaders Initiative ‘ which seeks to promote the rights of women, children, and youth, also mappout strategies to cut down the rate of rural urban migration.
    All what is needed is support, collective responsible is highly needed to fight against all these things.

    I need a profesdional team to work with all over Sierra Leone, Africa.
    There’s future out there!
    Please Emile me for more info
    [email protected]
    We need you all

  15. Children were forced to labor heavily during the medivial periods. We cannot say we are a progressive world if we borrow abusive practices from 500 years ago. No one should ever be forced to face child labor.

  16. Child labor has existed in some form for thousands of years.

    But, as our population has grown, as poverty has risen, as economic globalization has spread, the exploitation, oppression and violation of children has increased. As the editors of Child Labor: A Global Perspective mention, “Poverty is the major precipitating factor, but education, rigid social and cultural roles, economic greed, family size, geography, and global economics all contribute.”

  17. It is necessary to realize that children are the most precious assets of the nation. Diamonds that, if stoned, will shine. The Statute of Children and Adolescents establishes what every citizen deserves: equality and facility for physical, mental, moral, social and spiritual development. Fantasy world that is still utopia. Misery, abandonment and exploitation. Violence, pedophilia and precocious sexualisation. Cruel reality, very different from laws that only work on paper… The future must be different, the social context more eloquent, reflection of a childhood lived with dignity.

  18. I know that my idea itself, has this power to educate any age children while they can get in touch with people around the world, of course under some circumstance, and have some incomes as the reward, not because they are working. I hope i can help in reducing child labor as much as poverty, unemployment and forced immigration.

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