- Hazardous child labour and negative percentages
In May 2002, the ILO issued a new Global report on Child labour that describes the extent of the problem. Almost 250 million children, about one in every six children aged 5 to 17 on the face of the globe, are involved in child labour. Of these, some 179 million (one in eight) are trapped in the “worst forms” of child labour. The worst form are those that endanger the child’s physical, mental or moral well-being.
Children can be found in almost any economic sector. However, at a global level, most of them are in agriculture (70%). Some hazards in agriculture are the exposure to pesticides, the use of dangerous machinery or tools (like knives), carrying heavy loads, the presence of snakes, and so on. Children working in agriculture are the ones suffering most injuries. And one of the sad characteristics of child labour in agriculture are the few, if any opportunities for advance or change.
The elimination of child labour is a long-term objective. However, in the meanwhile, we cannot allow that children are injured or harmed at work in their struggle for survival, especially when we have the knowledge and means to prevent this.
What Will Happen If We Keep Relying on Child Labor
- kids will have bad health problems
- Children will die slow deaths!
- kids wont live as long
- we will relie on child labor to produce at a lower clost driving up the earnings of the employer
Specific Steps To Help STOP Child Labor!http://www.worlded.org/WEIInternet/projects/ListProjects.cfm?Select=Topic&ID=14&ShowProjects=No&gclid=CN6R0ff4k5gCFQrFGgodwnf7mQ
Preventing Child Labor
Child labor and hunger is one of the principal social illnesses in my country. There are many institutes, organizations, public departments and international organizations like UNICEF whose main objective is to prevent child labor. They have many steps to prevent it and I have some ideas that can help.
First, many children left their homes in a way to avoid the abuse that they are victims of from their parents. To prevent this bad treatment, the government could help give conferences to the parents about child labor and the consequences that it brings. In this way, we can help prevent other children running away from home and living as homeless children.
Another option could be to build homes for those children that are living in the streets. They will be sent to these homes and they would not have to live outside. In this way we can help prevent children from any abuse that they can suffer in the streets. In these homes, children are not supposed to work; they can study and learn a career, and they will get a better job and a future.
Child labor is a very serious problem. Politicians should make laws to prevent child labor and find solutions. Children are our future and we have to take care of them if we want a better future.