Child labour. The first thing that comes to mind, is children working day-in, day-out. Being exploited and taken for granted. Their future is already decided.
They have to work till they die and will never have an education. But is this how everyone thinks of it? Are the working conditions as bad, as we set them out to be, or is this the only options for certain people?
Considerable differences exist between the many kinds of work children do. Some are difficult and demanding, some are more hazardous and even morally reprehensible. Children carry out a very wide range of activities and task when they work. In countries all around the globe, children from the ages as low as five years old work every single day of the week.
Living in poverty and most likely working to provide for their families. School is not an option, nor a point of discussion in the government. Not all work done by children should be classified as child labour.
Children’s adolescents’ participation in work that does not affect their mental health and personal development or interfere with their schooling, is generally regarded as being something positive.
Whilst child labour takes many different forms, a priority is to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. In the news feature “In Bolivia, Legitimizing Child Labour”, we are shown these kids and their daily routine as a child working.