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We need $40 billion to educate every child—your nations collectively spend 50 times that amount on the military.
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The burden borne by 'helping hands.'
'Why can't India be the leader of globalisation of compassion?'
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It's a harsh life for child migrants.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshi children who live in the capital's slums are working illegally for an average of 64 hours a week, with many employed by the garment industry making c...
American rock band Walk The Moon's video presentation of We Are The Kids by Pakistani filmmaker Shahana Khan Khalil is a heart-rending portrait of children who are forced to struggle hard to make ends...
Children will be allowed to work in family businesses outside of school hours if it does not affect their education.
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Desperation for profit can manifest itself in many ways. It can bring the best out of enterprises but it can also lead to them plumbing some real lows for lucre -- such as exploiting children and risking their wellbeing and future for cheap labour. The menace of child labour is rampant in global supply chains, and that's what was chosen as the theme for the World Day Against Child Labour, observed on 12 June.
"Do any of you go to work?" we ask the children. The question makes the smiles vanish from their faces in an instant. Murmurs of "no" and immediate head-shaking goes around the dingy classroom in Kondamudusupallam Ambedkar Nagar village, in rural Andhra Pradesh. There's a quick exchange of glances among the boys and girls, and, as if on cue, they all hang their heads in silence. But 13-year-old Meghna looks at us, and giggles.
A young boy named Kalu, who had been rescued from a carpet-weaving unit in Bihar, once raised a compelling and very significant question when he met then-President Bill Clinton. In conversation with t...
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The statistics are sombre, heart-breaking. Two out of three missing children in India remain untraced in a period of three years, the wait for them an excruciating see-saw between agony and hope for those who love them. On the occasion of International Missing Children's Day on 25 May, Child Rights And You (CRY) compiled these sobering statistics in a report that also noted that the number of untraced children has witnessed a sharp increase in the country.
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CHENNAI -- Placing their hands on the shoulders of the person in front, dozens of teenage girls excitedly form a human train and chug around the sparsely furnished community hall in India's southern c...
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Founded in 1979, CRY (Child Rights and You) has been active as a pressure group to restore children's rights in the country. In an interview with Dipin Damodharan, its chief executive officer Puja Marwaha speaks on the proposed amendments to the Child Labour Act as well as concerns that marginalized children remain at the bottom of the government's priority list.
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NEW DELHI -- Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to the prime minister of India to prioritise children and ensure they are not trafficked, forced into marriage or put into bonded labou...
DUNGARPUR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Anita, the eldest daughter in a family in Rajasthan, a family tragedy means she has had to leave school and go to work, unlike her friends, doing an...
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NEW DELHI -- The number of child labourers aged 14 or below in India dropped to 4.5 million in 2011 from 12.6 million a decade before, said the country's labour minister, urging lawmakers to approve p...
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The prevalent law in Brazil includes strenuous work and unacceptable, exhausting or degrading working conditions as a form of modern-day slavery. However, in the past few years, there have been strong appeals to introduce Federal Senate Bill No. 432. If passed, it would have demolished the strength of the labour force and diluted the slavery law. I was extremely fortunate to have arrived in Brazil just when it was undergoing discussion. My address to the Human Rights Senate Caucus (HRSC) turned out to be tremendously rewarding.
Our daughters are unsafe even before they are born, and at least 43.5 lakh children are being exploited as cheap labour every day. Today, we rank a distressing 135th on the Human Development Index. It is appalling and inexcusable to see that the largest democracy in the world struggles to reach even a mediocre level of human development.
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Fardeen is diminutive, looking younger than his 14 years. He stares a lot at his hands which are scarred from the work he did as a child labourer. He was brought at the age of 11 to Delhi by a hotel owner, with promises of a good salary and a better life in the city. However, the reality was different. Fardeen was sold for Rs 6000 to sew at a denim factory.
Based on their research in Andhra Pradesh, Young Lives, a longitudinal study on childhood poverty, has some interesting insights to offer in terms of children and work. While 98% percent of the children were enrolled in schools at age eight, this decreased to 90% at age 12, 77% by age 15 and 49% by the time the children turned 19. A critical finding from the research is that the majority of children (58%) continuing their education at the age of 15 were in reality combining school with paid and unpaid work.
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The first thing that strikes one about kids nowadays is how much wiser and older than their years they seem to be nowadays. That's the case in this new video by YouTube channel Being Indian as well, w...
While we want to wish away child labour, we also need to wish for things that can be changed with simple policy planning and amendments, and that go a long way in favour of a child.
On Friday, April 17, an advertisement featuring actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appeared in the Delhi edition of The Hindu. Kalyan Jewellers, the company behind the ad, quickly became the target of cri...
The Stupid Design
Without re-inventing the wheel every time, we can learn enough from the successes already achieved in promoting education. From my experience as an activist for over 35 years now I would like to share with you the 10 success mantras that have stood the test of time in countries giving a big boost to education.
A new poster series on Facebook, designed by a group of graphic artists, holds a mirror to society through hard-hitting commentary on India's various social evils. Titled #WakeUpIndia, the series by...
Around 100 children from Bihar who were working as bonded labourers in bangle factories were rescued during simultaneous raids carried out by the city police in various areas in the south zone today....