World Day Against Child Labour

Published on hrea.org, June 12, 2012.

12 June 2012–Today marks the adoption of the landmark International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 182, which addresses the need for action to tackle the worst forms of child labour. While celebrating progress made since the Convention’s adoption in 1999, the World Day highlights continuing challenges, such as the millions of children involved in hazardous work.   

The ILO estimates that some 215 million children are trapped in child labour. Many of these children work long hours, often in dangerous conditions. Child labour is closely associated with poverty and denies children their right to education. Many poor families are unable to afford school fees or other school costs. The family may depend on the contribution that a working child makes to the household’s income, and place more importance on work than on education. When a family has to make a choice between sending either a boy or girl to school, it is often the girl who loses out … (full text – Selected learning materials – Related e-learning courses – useful links).

Link: What Do Apartheid South Africa and Tucson, Arizona Have in Common? 25 years after leaving South Africa, this educator sees significant parallels between schooling under apartheid and Tucson’s current ban on ethnic studies, on Alter Net, June 14, 2012.

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