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.
Click here - World Day Against Child Labour 2020
Article submitted by Eleana Tan Lay Peng
Senior Teacher Good Shepherd Student Care