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Child Labour - 2

  • Date Submitted: 10/08/2012 10:08 AM
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Child is the father of man, These are the famous lines of Williams wordsworth. They are the future of the society. But sadly the future of society is clutched in the chains of child labour which is nothing short of slavery. Slavery is blot on freedom. Freedom is divine and a right of every individual. Child labour refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school. It is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful.[3]This practice is considered exploitative by many international organisations. Child labour was employed to varying extents through most of history. These children worked in agriculture, home-based assembly operations, factories, mining. With the rise of household income, availability of schools and passage of child labour laws, the incidence rates of child labour fell.[8][9][10]
In developing countries, with high poverty and poor schooling opportunities, child labour is still prevalent Poverty and lack of schools are considered as the primary cause of child labour.[14]
International LabourOrganisation (ILO) suggests poverty is the greatest single cause behind child labour.
Lack of meaningful alternatives, such as affordable schools and quality education is driving children to harmful labour. Children work because they have nothing better to do. Many communities, particularly rural areas where between 60-70% of child labour is prevalent, do not possess adequate school facilities. Even when schools are sometimes available, they are too far away, difficult to reach, unaffordable or the quality of education is so poor that parents wonder if going to school is really worth it. The increasing gap between the rich and the poor, privatization of basic services and the neo-liberal economic policies are causes major sections of the population out of employment and without basic needs. This adversely affects children more than any other group....

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