“Let them enjoy their childhood!”
Shyam, who works as a household helper, finds himself very unfortunate that he can’t pursue his schooling. Whereas Gopal who toils in the cafeteria dreams of becoming a cricketer, every day. This is not the situation of just Shyam and Gopal but every child labour struggling day and night.
Today tens of thousands of children around the world is caught up in child labour which not only deprives them of their childhood, but health, education and their potential to fulfill their dreams. This has become a major infringement of their liberties. So let us all become the voice of awareness for child rights.
What is World Day Against Child Labour?
The International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002, commenced the World Day Against the Child Labour to gather attention from all over the world about the widespread extent of child labour and the supportive actions and undertakings needed to eliminate it.
Observed worldwide on 12ᵗʰ June each year, World Day Against Child Labour brings each and every one of us to highlight this problem and to take initiatives to help children.
According to ILO, hundreds of millions of children throughout the world are involved in work that divests them of procuring an adequate education, health, leisure and primary freedoms, and all this infringes their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the nastiest forms of child labour. These include work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit actions such as drug trafficking and prostitution, and involvement in armed conflict.
THE PRICE OF CHILD LABOUR
- There are 152 million children worldwide as victims of child labour. 88 million are boys and the count for girls is 64 million.
- 48 percent of all victims of child labour are aged from 5 to 11 years. 42 million (28%) are 12-14 years old, and 37 million (24%) are 15-17 years old.
- 71 percent of child labourers work in agriculture sector, which includes tasks like fishing, forestry, livestock herding and aquaculture.
- 17% If children work in Services; and 12% in the Industrial sector.
- Forced labour is believed to generate around $150 billion a year as illicit profits.
- Almost half of the child hands work in Africa which is about 72.1 million.
- In Asia and the Pacific, there are 62.1 million which is about 41 percent.
- Unsafe child labour is most prominent among the generation group 15-17 years old.
- Almost one-fourth of all hazardous child labour that is 19 million is done by children less than 12 years old.
Kids are the outlook of the world. But when they are forced into labour, their mental and physical growth is impeded. They are unable to go to school and are denied of their right to education. This is just one of the many fundamental rights that gets violated when a child is forced to labour. Unfortunately, the brutal reality is that more than 200 million children are engaged in labour today. So let’s become a voice against the child labour and help children who are freed from the chains of child labour can finally enjoy basic human rights. They have the potential to become philanthropists of social and economic improvement.