World Day Against Child Labour 2020

Situations of crisis enhance the risk

On 12 June 2020, the World Day Against Child Labour focuses on the impact of crisis on Child Labour. Although the United Nations has called for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025, the economic and labour market shock brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic could put more children at risk.

Currently, there are an estimated 152 million children in Child Labour worldwide, 72 million of which are in hazardous work.

The International Labour Organization defines child labour as "work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development."

 

Good Shepherd Student Care

On 12th June 2020, Sr Goretti planned a series of activities for the students at Good Shepherd Student Care, to enable them to understand that at many places around the world, children are often being forced to work at very young age.  This is known as Forced Labour or Child Labour.

Sr Goretti shared PowerPoint slides and videos on the difficult situations that children who are disadvantaged are experiencing in their countries.  These children are living in brutal conditions with little food and no recreation.  They are forced to work in highly dangerous environments that are threatening to their lives and health. They are ordered to work in mines and explosives workplaces.  These places expose the children to high mercury and lead toxicities.

Children are forced into Child Labour mainly for economic gain in their countries.  Many do not have a chance to go to school. They spend their time earning very little money to feed themselves and their families. Their income is barely sufficient for survival. Sr Goretti hopes that all the students in the Centre can understand the situations and show empathy to the children who are being forced into Child Labour.

At the end of the session, students from Good Shepherd Student Care participated in making a colorful poster with a slogan to show their support in saying ‘NO’ to Child Labour. 

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Article submitted by Eleana Tan Lay Peng

Senior Teacher Good Shepherd Student Care