The International Labor Organization (ILO) has estimated that some 165 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labour. Many of these children work long hours, often in dangerous conditions. Child labour is closely associated with poverty. Many poor families are unable to afford school fees or other school costs. The family may depend on the contribution that a working child makes to the household’s income, and place more importance on that than on education. And when a family has to make a choice between sending either a boy or girl to school, it is often the girl who loses out.
Resources from Education for Justice:
- Nepal: Children, Trade and Child Labor: This is one of six case studies that focuses on justice issues that impact children around the world. This case study focuses on children, trade and child labor in Nepal.
- Prayer to end Child Trafficking
- Prayer for Child Laborers