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World Day Against Child Labour

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global problem of child labour and the actions needed to eliminate it. On June 12 each year, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations and people from around the world to focus on the plight of child labourers and steps to take to help them.

According to the United Nations (UN) around 215 million children work around the world. They do not go to school, have little or no time to play, nor receive proper nutrition or care. More than half the children are exposed to the worst kinds of labour — such as “work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.” In almost all cases, child labour is directly related to extreme poverty.

World Day against Child Labour calls for;

  • Free, compulsory and quality education for all children at least to the minimum age.
  • Ensure that national policies on child labour and education are consistent and effective.
  • Ensure access to quality education and investment in the teaching profession.

For more information please visit ILO website


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