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More than 200 mn children exposed to child labour: EuroSchool

Jul 04, 2013

EuroSchool converged together to fight against child labour on the 'World Day against Child Labour'.

EuroSchool Airoli - a venture of EuroKids International, the pre-school specialist observed World Day Against Child Labour by conducting a survey. A team of 325 students from class 5th-9th stepped up to the fight against child labour by conducting a survey with a total sample size of 2000 household in June.

 

"EuroSchool observed that 215 million children are still labouring to survive and more than half of these are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, including slavery and involvement in armed conflict. Hence, it was very important for us to conduct practical activity on the same. This has helped build a better understanding at an early stage. We wish to continue our awareness campaign in every possible way to usher in a change and see the world as a place 'where the mind is without fear & the head is held high' as Tagore had once dreamt of." said Dr Natasha Mehta, Principal, EuroSchool, Airoli.

The students were informed and communicated about the awareness in the general assembly that highlighted the meaning of child labour, age criteria that defines child labour and how it harms the child.The students were also asked to get responses from their immediate neighbourhood about their views on 'child labour' for the survey.

 

 

 

According to the analysis done by Euro Economist ,78% people voted for free education while 76% people felt the need to develop a responsible citizen in students for long term solution. More than 60% people believed that there should be more awareness campaigns regarding the issue. However, 20% people felt that free meal should be provided to the poor families to avoid domestic workers.

Key recommendations included the need to strengthen education system so that children engaged in such exploitative jobs would attend school.Most of the people stressed on the need to pass stringent laws to make child labour a punishable offence and to implement multi-pronged strategies . However, some people considered it normal for children to work if their parents can't afford to feed and clothe them while a few believed that there is no way to eradicate child labour from the country.

 

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