According to Human Rights Watch: the number of children exploited for hard labour had decreased by one-third since 2000. There are now more than 70 million children in school.
The effects of child labour :
- Mental, emotional and psychological stress
- Physical injuries and/or disabilities
- Often under-nourished
- Exposed to hazards and illnesses
Children need to be kept in school, not out in the fields/worksites/factories - education gives them the mental and social development they need, builds self-confidence as well as paves a path for them out of the cycle of poverty.
Documentation for stateless children - birth registration document, birth certificate, passport - gives them a sense of identity. More importantly, gives them access to education, healthcare and other basic needs.
Child Safety Awareness programs as an education tool for children as well as parents - understanding the importance of personal safety, recognising danger factors and how to avoid them. In short, to know their basic rights in order to grow and develop safely and healthily.
SAY NO TO CHILD LABOUR!