“Child labour and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labour of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labour to the end of time” – Grace Abbott
God’s gifts to us are children. They must be safeguarded, fostered, and moulded into the personas they choose. They’re as delicate as a rose petal, but their gentleness exposes them to the risk of being crushed.
They have the potential to lead the future if properly guided. The future belongs to the children. However, instead of assisting them in discovering themselves, they are directed to work, which has an indirect impact on the country’s prosperity.
Children must play, they must fall and learn to get back up, and they must love being children. However, with child labour, all of this is a pipe dream.
What is the root cause of child labour and where did it begin? Maybe it started with a doctor’s son becoming a doctor, so we concluded that a labourer’s son or daughter would also become a labourer. We mistakenly believe that by employing children, we are eradicating poverty, but they mature faster than their age and lose the sanctity of their childhood.
Child labour is defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as work that children should not be doing at their age, or employment that is too risky and unsuitable for them if they are sufficient.
Child labour jeopardises a child’s entire development as well as his or her educational opportunities. By forcing them to participate in often perilous and strenuous work and barring them from attending school.
In 2002, the International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations organisation that oversees the world of work, established the World Day against Child Labour to raise awareness about the issue of child labour and to develop strategies to end it. The intention of the day is to raise awareness about the harmful emotional and physical problems that children forced to work as children face all over the world.
We must all come together and act now to put an end to all forms of child labour. We should provide an environment in which they are not forced to engage in hazardous work, particularly in small-scale industries or housework. Let us collaborate for a global and noble cause.
Even one person, if determined, can make a difference.
DON’T ASK CHILDREN TO TAKE TOOL INSTEAD SEND THEM TO SCHOOL.
Shri. Rahul L. Tiwari
Secretary – Rahul Education