Child labour and the right to education

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Child labour can limit the time and energy children spend on education.  Many forms of child labour are prohibited in international standards.  While child labour can be an obstacle to education, at the same time education is instrumental in the prevention of child labour.  Through education, parents and children alike become more aware of its benefits, and the harm that child labour can cause.  And access to education helps reduce poverty, one of the root causes of child labour.

Below is a selection of articles and reports making a direct link between the corporate use of child labour and education.  For further reports and articles see the child labour section of this portal, and the Resource Centre’s main website sections on education and on child labour.

Key articles & reports

Child labour and education
Riho Sakurai, background paper for UNESCO, 2007

ILO: ‘Child labour prevents development’
Jorn Madslien, BBC News, 4 Feb 2004

‘Out of work and into school’ Action Plan for Companies to Combat Child Labour
Stop Child Labour - School is the best place to work, Feb 2008

Child labour and education: Evidence from SIMPOC surveys
ILO IPEC Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour, 2008

From Exploitation To Education: Global March Position on Child Labour and Education
Global March against Child Labour, 2004


Uganda: Poor Education Blamed On Child Labour in Busoga
Donald Kiirya, New Vision (Uganda), 5 Oct 2010

Cocoa trade must do more about child labour
Magdalena Kettis, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) and Anna Pot, APG Asset Management, in Financial Times, 30 May 2010
Investor concerns about child labour preventing education, impeding sustainable development.

Bitter plight of the vanilla trade children [Madagascar]
Dan McDougall, Sunday Times (UK), 14 Mar 2010
Child labour in the supply chain denying the right to education.

Clear reduction in hazardous child labour on cocoa farms in Ghana and Ivory Coast
International Cocoa Initiative, 7 Dec 2009
A reduction in child labour parallel with increased school enrolment and attendance.

Asia & Pacific

Tackling Child Labor in India's Carpet Belt
Monique Jessen, 25 Oct 2010

Corporate Foundations in India For Child Education
Rituparna, 13 Oct 2010

Corporate fights child labour in cotton fields [India]
Indian Express, 15 Jun 2009
Bayer CropScience has a “Zero tolerance for child labour” policy, aims to get children off the fields and into school.

Combating Child Labour through Education [Bangladesh]
Telenor, Jun 2009

Europe & Central Asia

Uzbekistan: Forced child labour begins in cotton fields of Karakalpakstan
EurasiaNet News, 10 Jun 2009
Schoolchildren and students forced to work in cotton fields instead of study.

Human rights activists trying to sue Uzbek ministry for child labour, 25 Feb 2009
NGO suing the Uzbek Education Ministry for damages to children and teachers forced to pick cotton.

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