Child labour

Child labor

When you think of child labor you may immediately think of child slaves who have to work all day in hard living conditions, but that is not the complete picture. Not all of the work that children do is bad. For example, it may well be that you have a part-time job after school, and that is fine. It becomes a problem when work can potentially be a danger. The danger can be physical, mental or social. It could also mean that you can no longer go to school because of work.  

Therefore, child labor is the work that hinders the chances, the dignity and the right to education of children between the ages of 0 and 15, and also the work that is harmful to the physical and/or mental development of these children. In addition, extreme forms of (dangerous) work, done by children between the ages of 15 and 18, is also considered child labor.

  • Children’s rights: art 32 UN CRC: Children have the right to be protected from economic exploitation and from work that could be harmful for them. Next to that children that are working are often not going to school, which violates their right to education.  
  • Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 8: The goal on Decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) also provides for the abolishment of all child labor.


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