Children should work on dreams, not in fields!

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  • Posted on June 12, 2019

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… World Day Against Child Labour

When a child comes into the world every parent’s dream is that they may have access to opportunities they could never dream of and the chance to live out their hopes and dreams. However, the sad reality today is that 152 million children will never know the joys of childhood and are faced with the horrors of child labor on a daily basis – being exploited and working illegally in fields and factories across the world.

As a global community, we must stand up against the rights for those otherwise forgotten and highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

Today, June 12th 2019 mark’s seventeen years since the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day against Child Labour, with the aim of bringing together governments, employers and workers organisations, civil society to make a difference to end this injustice.

ACT believes that every child should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in life and break the cycle of poverty for both themselves and their families. These sentiments were echoed in 2013, when ACT Director, Kunle Onabolu, appeared on Al Jazeera news network to discuss the effects for child labour in Nigeria.

When asked:

Why do you think child labour figures have significantly increased over the years?

His reply was:

‘The overarching theme is poverty. There are people living in abject poverty who will do anything for means of survival. It is a problem that has been going on for many years and while the children’s right’s laws established by the government in 2003, shows they have an intent, the reality is that if things do not improve on the ground level you will continue to have these problems.’

What precisely should be done at the ground level to prevent children from being dragged into child labor?

‘… I think the key issue is that the government needs to redirect its focus on to the issues that surround poverty and those issues are in my view include education and providing social infrastructure that will help the very poor in the community move out of the poverty level that holds them down. A woman in a rural community who has lost her husband, the breadwinner, and has no education, perhaps with six children to look after and with no social security has a big problem. She must send her kids to work, send them into child labour, to hawk on the streets, become agricultural labourers, work on farms or even becoming domestic servants.’

Kunle’s final comments mentioned that:

‘… For many living in these communities, the only real hope and help are organisations like ourselves, the African Child Trust,  who are working in their communities, who will be able to reach out to help.’

His final words speak to core of our work. ACT will continue to be a torch for the child in darkness!

Join us and become a ‘Candle Carrier’ because the light you spark each month will translate into hope in the dark situations of many.

For the full Al Jazeera interview, click here.

 


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