This World Against Child Labor Day, It’s Time To Pull The Reins In On The Devil ~ Scrap Everyone

This World Against Child Labor Day, It’s Time To Pull The Reins In On The Devil

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), nearly 170 million children are still awaiting their basic right to education and work. 

The world scenario

According to ILO’s yearly "World Report on Child Labor", 78 million child laborers hail from the Asia-Pacific region while 59 million belong to sub-Saharan Africa. The report cites that 85 million children around the world work jobs such as mining and construction, which puts their lives at constant risk, denying them a nurturing environment. 
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The Indian state of affairs

Closer home, the scenario is not very different. A census study, conducted by Child Rights and You (CRY), has revealed that it will take India more than a century to put an end to child labor. According to the data, child labor is decreasing at a snail’s pace of 2.2 percent every year. This means that India employs more than a crore children in jobs that are robbing them of their childhood.
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Adding to the horror of it all is this – child labor in urban India has increased by 53% in the last decade (2001-2011). Furthermore, more than half of India’s child (working) population is concentrated in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. An alarming count shows that over 55 lakh children are employed in these regions. 

The way out?

Primary education. A lot is yet to be achieved vis-a-vis school dropout rates and the population of older children employed in hazardous jobs. Only when this becomes achievable can we truly break the tentacles of child labor. 
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Making primary education accessible to kids around the world is an important part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. And it has, to an extent, managed to bring down the overall numbers of child labor. Therefore, working towards achieving this goal is the only way for the world to rid itself of this troubling predicament. 
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