Child Labour I will: • Examine child labour and its advantages and disadvantages.
What Work Do Street Children Do? • Write a list of all of the types of work that you saw/ heard children did? • Number the activities from best to worst (using number 1 to show the best). • Give reasons for the 2 you put as the best kinds of work and 2 you put as worst. Best: 1. 2. Worst: 1. 2. Work in pairs to answer these questions
Working Children • Millions of children around the world have to work to support themselves and their families. • Many do light or part-time work that can be fitted in around school. But many others are involved in dangerous or exploitative labour that harms their development, wrecks their health and denies them an education. • Various charities and organisations such as Save the Children fight to keep young people from save from dangerous and exploitative work. They don't believe in banning all children's work because for some it is a valuable part of growing up, and banning it can drive them into more dangerous work. They work with governments, companies and others to find alternative sources of family income. They consult children and communities to find ways of improving the working conditions of those who have no alternative, and providing schooling. They stress the need to tackle the root cause of child labour - poverty.
The Arguments For and Against Child Labour
Child Labour is OK because…. Children can help their families to be less poor. They can feel proud of this. It is the only way that many poor children can survive. It helps poor countries to get richer. Without child labour, many countries would be even poorer than they are already Children can become mature, responsible and independent. Children can learn skills which might be more useful than some things which are taught in schools.
Child Labour is not OK Because…. It is easier to cheat children and pay them less because they have less power to speak out. It stops children from going to school so they have less choices to improve their lives in the future and they stay poor for ever. It is cheaper to pay children than adults to work, so there might be lots of adults who are unemployed. This keeps families poor. Children often work very long hours in bad conditions It can be dangerous or bad for their physical and mental health
Advantages and Disadvantages of Child Labour Advantages Disadvantages Complete the table
Extension: • Write a speech aimed at young people. The speech should: • Provide information about child labour • Why it exists. • What it involves. - Its advantages and disadvantages. • Inform young people of how fortunate they are to be able to go to school and not have to work for a living.