The Crisis of Child Labor
Child labor is a violation of a child’s human rights, so why are approximately 150 million children engaged in child labor worldwide?
How is child labor defined? What type of work is included?
What are some of the causes or reasons that children are forced into labor?
How does this issue impact access to education?
Is the problem equal for girls and boys?
Where in the world is this an issue?
What are the solutions to ensure all children are free?
Your Mission - Become the “expert” on the topic! Imagine you were presenting on the floor of the UN. What would you tell them? What does the world need to know to understand why this is a global issue? Research to answer the questions above, remembering that these are large open-ended questions that have many answers and details for each. And as always, remember that the answer is not a single story.
GLOBAL ISSUE OVERVIEW
Stop Child Labor (Check this out for things you can do to help today!)
Gender (lots of info. In the first two sources):
UNICEF Child Labor Statistics (excellent graphs and interactive map)
Case Study Country #1:Bangladesh
Child Labor in Bangladesh - UNICEF
Bangladesh Garment Factories Still Exploiting Child Labor - The Guardian
Case Study #2: Latin America (Central & S. America)
“Bolivia Makes Child Labor Legal in an Attempt to Make it Safer” - story & podcast
Other Resources to Consider:
Modern slavery: Learn about forms of slavery today, and what can be done to stop it.