The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years – with millions more at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to the latestreport of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF.
Nearly 1 of 10 children worldwide is affected by child labor, that are 63 million girls and 97 million boys. We are concerned because this amount increased for the first time within 20 years.
Why should we all fight against child labor still existing in the world? Children are exposed to physical, psychological, and mental health problems when forced to work.
To support children worldwide to get equal education, engage girls in the learning process, and ensure their equal rights and access to education are of high priority!
12th of June is announced as the World Day Against Child Labor, and it focuses on the impact of the crises on child labor. Unfortunately, the pandemic crisis has affected and worsened the situation in the world and forces more vulnerable children into child labor.
In 2021 a virtual campaign, called “The Global March”, is being organized against child labor. This campaign brings together the civil society actors working in child labor with the youth activists and advocates to gain skills and become advocates and leaders in their communities while focusing on the African Continent.
Child labor is dangerous for the lives of children; it may damage their physical and mental health; moreover, it harms them psychologically and deprives them of their childhood. It is especially critical in the more impoverished regions globally, where the parents have to struggle against economic and social crises. As a sad consequence, the children become breadwinners of their families. Some of them are deprived of shelter at all.
Additional economic shocks and school closures caused by COVID-19 mean that children already in child labor may be working longer hours or under worsening conditions, while many more may be forced into the worst forms of child labor due to job and income losses among vulnerable families.
We as a society are failing, when we allow this tendency to continue. What should be done? One of the answers is ensuring sustainable education for all children. And that is precisely why good schools with holistic concepts are so important.
We, at Entrepreneurs for Knowledge, aim to bring together two things: the company's expertise and resources with a commitment to improving educational infrastructure for underprivileged children in the Global South. We believe that education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty, and due to education, it is possible to bring change into society.
Together we should fight against child labor and exploitation; we should take due efforts to bring those children back to schools, thus building a better future for them.
Let's take action and join our efforts to fight against child labor worldwide.