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World Day against Child Labour

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched the World Day against Child Labour in 2002 and every year on 12th June, the World Day brings millions of people from all walks of life from around the world together to highlight the extensive problems of child labour and what can be done to help these children.

  • Large numbers of children around the world are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work for private households without contracts or clear terms of employment
  • Too often children are working in domestic work as a result of poverty, forced labour and trafficking
  • Many of these children are involved as domestic workers before they reach the legal minimum age of employment which makes them particularly vulnerable to exploitation
  • Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home

While young workers who have reached the required minimum legal age may undertake domestic work, international standards require that special attention is given to these workers especially the ones below the age of 18 to ensure they are not exposed to working conditions which are hazardous.

To fully eradicate the worst forms of child labour the root cause of this problem needs to be dealt with. Among these are inequality but the most problematic issue is inadequate access to education. Child labour is preventing children from going to school and equipping themselves with literacy skills and being illiterate will further propel the poverty cycle.

At READ Foundation, we are continuing to help families break out of this vicious cycle of poverty by providing their children with good quality, accessible education which is a basic human right.

Children at READ Foundation schools learn in a safe, clean environment from highly qualified teachers who work hard to motivate these children and build their confidence. Many of these children who were given the opportunity to go to school have now grown into self-reliant, well-mannered children who are high achievers.

READ Foundation is extremely proud of every single one of our students and their achievements.

We all and the governments of the world have the prime responsibility to ensure that children below the minimum age of employment are in education and that young workers of legal working age are working in safe conditions.

Education is crucial for children. Not only will it put an end to poverty but it will also ensure that when a child reaches the legal age of employment, they will engage in paid work in a safe environment because they understand the risks of hidden work. An educated child will be confident and competent to make the correct decision for their lives and a better future.

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