Consequences of child labour

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Political inability. Mental deformity. Increased illiteracy. Perpetuation of poverty. Inability to contribute or benefit from development. Stunted growth of future generation. Persistence of child labour and inability to harness human resources.

Chichi (talk)10:50, 4 March 2011

Dear Chichi, you have interestingly brought up the aspect of the spiral of child labour and poverty. Just to pick one angle of this, a family may consider the opportunity cost of sending a child to school as a discouraging factor compared to having them bring in some income or help with some family activities. The child then gets into adolescence without the education and skills required to compete favourably in the labour market and ends up in continued exploitative working conditions, struggling to survive or other undesired situations. In adulthood, the person is much less likely to take their children through school and so the spiral goes on.

Lungowe (talk)12:59, 4 March 2011