This lesson presents an overview of where, why, how, and in what conditions child labour occurs. Students will identify the physical and emotional challenges that children forced into labour face. Students will study the efforts by the international community to prevent children from working in hazardous environments.
In many places around the world children are forced to work, sometimes in brutal conditions and dangerous environments that are threatening to their lives and health. Typically, children who are forced into labour don't go to school or participate in recreational activities. Child labour exists for many reasons, mainly economic gain. Many products we use have possibly passed through the hands of a child labourer in the process of being made. Children forced into labour deserve empathy.