‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’

World Day Against Child Labour 2019

The World Day Against Child Labour was observed on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 by Jeevantirth at various schools of Becharaji area to raise awareness about the plight of child labourers worldwide. Hundreds of children drop out of school every year to help their parents earn a livelihood. In many countries child labour is mainly an agricultural issue. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) introduced World Day against Child Labour to be observed on 12 June every year, starting 2002. This year also marks 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999. This year’s theme is ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’.

In 2015, the UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 urges the citizens of the world to Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”

Worldwide 60 percent of all child labourers in the age group 5-17 years work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This amounts to over 98 million girls and boys. The factors that contribute to child labour include the poverty and illiteracy of a child’s parents, the family’s social and economic circumstances, a lack of awareness about the harmful effects of child labour, lack of access to basic and meaningful quality education and skills training, high rates of adult unemployment and under-employment, and the cultural values of the family and surrounding society. Out of school children (OOSC) or those children at risk of dropping out can easily be drawn into work and a more vulnerable to exploitation. Girls, especially those from socially disadvantaged groups, tend to be at a higher risk of being forced into work.

We designed a poster, prepared brief leaflet for awareness, asked our BaalMitras to organise a program in schools, spread awareness among the parents and ask them to send their children to schools not in the fields. In some of the schools programs like Drawing Competition, Elocution Competition, Role Plays etc. were also organised to spread awareness.