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[NEWS] Towards Eradication Of Child Labor


Some argue that child labor helps some children to ensure that they have shelter and food that would otherwise not be available to them. These people tend to paint child labor as beneficial. However, this view detracts from two important issues. First, child labor has an adverse effect on all aspects of children’s lives. Child labor has a significant effect on children’s mental and physical wellbeing. Some forms of labor will have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of children, often having a permanent effect on their health. This is especially so where children work in hazardous environments. Children in employment are prevented from accessing education that would otherwise help them to build a better future. Furthermore, children in labor often do not have access to medical care and other behavioral and cognitive assistance they may require. Many of them become victims of abuse, extortion or worse. Second, such acceptance of child labor as positive neglects the conditions that often force children to undertake work at very early stages of their development. As UNICEF identifies, ‘child labor reinforces intergenerational cycles of poverty, undermines national economies and impedes achieving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’

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