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Child Labor in Mexico By: Tia Alexander & Maciah Lipsey By: Tia Alexander & Maciah Lipsey
Nearly 7 out of 10 children receive a kindergarten education. 30 years ago 25% of students were enrolled to go to school. In the year 2000, there were 14,808,000 children and 50% of them weren’t eligible to go to school. Nearly 7 out of 10 children receive a kindergarten education. 30 years ago 25% of students were enrolled to go to school. In the year 2000, 14,808,000 kids and 50% of them weren’t eligible to go to school.
Free Time • Researchers found that compared 1981. Children in 1997 spent less time in play and had less free time. • In 1981, they spent 18% more time at school, 145% more time doing school work, and 168% more time shopping with their parents. • In 1997, kids spent about 11 hours per week at play. • When the kids have free time, they put themselves in both physically and socially challenging situations and learn to control the emotions.
Health • Many children in Mexico face huge health problems. • Due to low economic and social status, poor children are most likely to face illness and death. • Every thousand live births there are 28 infant death and 34 deaths for kids under the age of 5. • This counts to 79,000 deaths of children annually. • 14% of children are underweight, with 7% having low birth weights. • There are tons of difference in the quality and efficiency of health care for men and female, especially among poor children. • One government has attempted to provide 100% financing of vaccinations for children. • Because of that aid, more than 90% of children under 1 have been vaccinated for measles and polio.
Economy • Population: 113.7 million people • Life expectancy: 76 years of age • Population ages 0-14: 29.1% • Under-5 mortality rate: 17% • The average amount of people living in one house is 7 to 10 people. • Villages are often poor and have little education for the children. • President: Enrique Pena Nieto. • An average household can spend 10,198 pesos ($871) in one month. That is a lot of money for a poor family.
Work • Kids work an average of 6 hours before and after school. • Kids work all year round, or during the harvest period. Very few kids go to school. • Even though earning a salary for their parents are important, to them school is just another expense. • Around 3.5 million children work as servants, or carrying wood and cement. • Kids get exploited because they are underpaid. Compared to an adult doing the same job, the adult gets more money. • If they work in difficult conditions there health is put in danger. • Kids work to cover their basic needs and have to stop their studies. They work very long hours. Due to poor labors they are put at risk.
Sponsored Children • Nearly 15,000 poor children and youth are sponsored. • Sponsored children get assistance like receive free medical and dental care, nutritional support, educational assistance, family aid, clothing, etc. • You can sponsor a child at http://www.compassion.com/sponsor-a-child-in-mexico.htm\
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