Daniel Halliday
Jun 12 · Last update 7 mo. ago.

What can be done to fight against child labour?

Children’s rights are not being protected for the approx. 186 million 5 to 17 year old children around the world who are trapped in the shackles of child labour. They are forgoing their childhood, education, and even their health in order to work in some of the most harmful and exploitative environments on the planet. June 12th is the World Day Against Child Labour, what can be done to fight against the theft of these children’s rights and futures? unicef.org/protection/57929_child_labour.html
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Across the globe child labour carries on in many countries that do not have the right legal framework or checks and balances in place to protect children and give them the start that all kids require. But consumers are able to push back against this by collectively channelling their money away from the sponsors who enable this trade to continue, this is what led the Max Havelaar Foundation to establish the Fairtrade certification. As 70% of the 152 million child labourers work in agriculture, the Fairtrade certification helps by guaranteeing a range of products are sourced from farms that protect workers and that includes a strict ban on child labour, allowing consumers to be aware and shop ethically. Similar labels and certifications are being used for other products, such as “sweatshop-free” certification for garments and electronics manufacturers, giving consumers the information they need to avoid supporting the child labour industry, if such standards become the norm the battle against child labour will be closer to an end.

fairtrade.net/issue/child-labour theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/14/fairtrade-gold?INTCMP=SRCH

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India’s legal system has long been criticised for not protecting children’s rights, with 10 million children in India alone engaged in labour, which organisations such a UNICEF class as exploitative. However the country is also home to some groundbreaking schools which are seeking to address this issue while providing an education for potential child labourers. The Akshar Forum, a school in Assam, has restructured the whole schooling process, with older students teaching younger ones, while teachers supervise the process and in turn teach older students, but the real innovation is that the older students are paid depending on the level of what they are teaching younger students. The whole process is undermining the benefits afforded to possible child labourers, allowing them to earn monetarily while also building an education and a brighter future for themselves.

aljazeera.com/indepth/features/world-day-child-labour-bigger-impact-190610114721290.html

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