Child labour and youth enterprise

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Hi Mui,

When I think of the boy in the picture, I suppose his father went through a similar lifestyle. There is little the boy can do when he becomes a youth other than continue working there. In most cases an external force would be needed to change that life. I heard of a couple that decided to sponsor a child labourer to school by paying the parents the same amount of money that the child brought to help feed the siblings. The education the child received opened new opportunities for him which saw him through to college and later helped his parents in a way never dreamt of. It’s important to consider child labour in youth enterprise in order to draw the line between a child labourer and one being taught survival skills. A child being taught survival skills leads to widened opportunities in youth enterprise rather than threatened health.

Kasonde (talk)10:48, 8 March 2011