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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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7 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.

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May 15, 2019
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October 5, 2019
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October 19, 2019
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