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World Day Against Child Labour observed globally

Jun 12, 2015 17:03 IST

Arti Agarwal12 June: World Day Against Child Labour

The World Day Against Child Labour was on 12 June 2015 observed globally with the theme NO to child labour – YES to quality education! The day is the United Nations observance to bring awareness against child labour.

World Day Against Child Labour 2015 calls for:
• Free, compulsory and quality education for all children at least to the minimum age for admission to employment and action to reach those presently in child labour;
• New efforts to ensure that national policies on child labour and education are consistent and effective;
• Policies that ensure access to quality education and investment in the teaching profession.

Background

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and on the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.

Every year on 12 June, the Day brings together governments, employers, workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

Child Labour in World

The latest surveys suggest that more than 215 million children work instead of attending school. Some do not even have enough time to play. Many are exposed to slavery and other illicit activities like drug trafficking and prostitution, and some are even involved in armed conflict.

In India, the labour law allows children under the age of 14 to work in non-hazardous industries, and has even fewer restrictions on children working between the ages of 15 and 18.

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