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Child labour

Child labour is another important problem that appears in a number of various forms in an economically developing country such as Nepal.

Understanding what child labour consists of is half the problem of addressing it. The following statistics from two of the most prominent organisations researching in Nepal are quite different:

Child labourers in Nepal according to UNICEF
Nepali children in child labour
- Boys
- Girls
31%
30%
33%
Child labourers in Nepal according to CWIN
Nepali children in child labour
- Boys
- Girls
42%
55%
29%

The lack of definition of what a child labourer is creates these different perspectives. According to Article 32 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

“…Parties recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development…”

If we were to say that all children that work are child labourers, then 99% of children are such in a situation of extreme poverty. At Himalayan Learning we prefer not to judge which child is a labourer and which is not – rather we try to help parents and children understand the negative outcomes of not developing properly socially and educationally.

By talking with parents we offer them the chance to help their children escape the cycle of poverty and reduce their work in favour of going to school.

 

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