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First I would like to say it saddens my heart to have to be writing about child labour and the effects it has on so many many children’s lives. But unfortunately in the twentieth century it is still happening and we have to face Child Labour head on.
UNICEF estimate 168 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labour, with boys and girls in this age group almost equally affected. These children are the same age as my youngest 2 children and I can not for the life of me imagine having to send them out to work, to bring money into our home so we can eat or have a roof over our head. That’s 168 million children deprived the chance of education, freedom to learn and enjoy life!
Children find them selves in this situation mainly in developing countries and industrialized nations that are right on our door step. They are expected to work mainly in agriculture and the textile trade, working long hours, in poor conditions for very little wage.
In my opinion this needs to stop and these children need to be freed from poverty and slavery to live a life a child is meant to lead, full of dreams, ambition and education. That’s why I am supporting World Day Against Child Labour.
This year World Day Against Child Labour are calling for:-
- free, compulsory and quality education for all children at least to the minimum age for admission to employment and action to reach those presently in child labour;
- new efforts to ensure that national policies on child labour and education are consistent and effective;
- policies that ensure access to quality education and investment in the teaching profession.
There are many ways we can help end child labour here.
Lets end child labour together and give these children freedom to learn and live their lives to their full potential our own children have the chance to.