Supporting Children's Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media.
By Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy for Philippine Information Agency
A Pictorial report on the art murals mini-programme implemented by Child – TO – Child Programme of kyambogo university
Did you know that hazardous work is one of the worst forms of child labour? Sadly, more than half (53%, or 115 million) of the 215 million child labourers worldwide are caught in hazardous work. This is work that is detrimental to the health, safety and morals of developing children (ILO, 2011).
The World Day Against Child Labour 2011 brought much needed attention to this urgent issue for good reason. Hazardous work is actually increasing for children between 15 and 17 years old. Within four years, this figure increased by 20% - jumping from 52 million to 62 million (ILO, 2010). Research from industrialized countries has shown that children have higher rates of injury and death at work than adults, thus emphasizing the particular vulnerabilities that children face when exposed to occupational hazards (ILO, 2011)..
To complement the awareness raising activities of The World Day 2011, the ILO published a special report entitled: "Children in hazardous work: What we know, what we need to do."
This report reviews the current knowledge base on the hazardous work of children and presents the case for a new focus on the issue as part of the wider global effort to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. The report highlights recent global trends while summarizing the scientific evidence related to the health of working children and adolescents. The report further identifies key challenges not only in understanding the effects of hazardous work on childhood development, but also in preventing hazardous occupational exposures for children. The report features good practice approaches of various stakeholder groups that have demonstrated the potential to be scaled up and discusses the importance of an integrated policy response to the issue. For this reason, this report is valuable for all individuals interested in protecting the developmental well-being of children: from workers and employers organizations, to community activists, NGOs, national governments, human rights groups, students, and countless others.
To access this publication in English, Spanish and French, please visit: http://www.ilo.org/ipecinfo/product/viewProduct.do?productId=17035
40 National and International volunteers participated in Filed photography on street and working children
Venue: Bangalore City India
Date :8th January 2012
meeting Point :scead office Bangalore India
Project Director : Siju Thomas Daniel
Today was another out of the world, real experience. Excitement to go
on a field from the last few days turned out to be worth waiting for.
Around 40 SCEAD FOUNDATION volunteers, students from various colleges
and our international volunteers met up at the office in morning. We
were split into groups and were allotted different areas such as
Shivajinagar, K R market, Gandhi Bazar, and in and around areas of the
office. Our task for the day was to take photos of working children in
these busy hubs of Bangalore. Taking pictures only was not what we
were asked to do, but in turn find out from these children, the
reasons for not attending schools and bring this to the notice of the
Anti Child labour Authorities . It was surely a very busy day the
teams as we got to walk in the gullies and find out many, many such
children. What we learnt today is that, not all children are lucky to
get education like us and sadly, also not being recognized by the
authorities in charge. our aim is to bring this to the notice of the
authorities about these sensitive children issues and make sure they
take this matter seriously.
I am a student of Christ University pursuing Bachelors in Business Management. I’ve always had a soft corner for children. This is the best opportunity I could get to contribute to their development.
It was the first day for me as a part of SCEAD Foundation team and was asked to click several pictures of children working in the market areas and slums in Bangalore. We went to different places around Wilson Garden, Someshwaranagar, etc. We went to the slum area because it was difficult to find working children in the city.
We saw so many children, some sitting with their parents in the verandah, some playing games in groups. It was quite touching that as soon as we arrived all of them gathered us and greeted us in their own special way (we couldn’t understand their language but could feel that they were happy to see us). We took out our cameras to capture those beautiful moments. We played with them. More and more children came out being fascinated by the cameras and everyone was excited.
We went inside and to our surprise we saw three to four children playing in the garbage. It was a big area between two buildings which were under construction. When we went closer we saw that they were actually segregating the waste and not playing. That was quite shocking. I tried to ask them why they are doing it and was quite inquisitive to know about them more. But maybe it was our bad luck that we couldn’t have conversation because of inconvenience in understanding each other’s language.
We then left to search for more children as the parents started revolting because we were strangers and were trying to talk to their children and capturing their pictures. Most of the time when I travel I’m lost daydreaming about something or the other. But today it was quite different. I was conscious and aware about everyone whom I saw outside my window. Sadly, I was two children carrying big buckets of water in their heads. I went to them and asked them where they were taking it. They said they earn money for the work they do. They were small children of 10years each. They were paid Rs 500 per month for that work. I asked them about their family. They said that they live in a slum nearby. One of them said that his dad drives auto and his mom is dead. The other one said that his mother is a servant and his dad doesn’t do any work. I felt really sad listening to them. I couldn’t talk much and moved on.
These little incidents struck my heart and I feel disappointed thinking about their condition. I feel really lucky to have everything I ever wanted. My parents gave me whatever I asked for. I got the opportunity to experience luxuries in life, from AC rooms, TVs, Computers to the latest Cell phones. Wore clothes of the best brands and ate all the delicious dishes in 5 star hotels. I wonder how my life would be without all these. It’s actually very difficult to survive in such conditions where it’s difficult to even get a meal for a day (forget about luxuries).
I’ve always heard about the condition of poor people but never came across them so closely. I would like to thank SCEAD Foundation for helping me understand it and I would definitely love to work for these young children. Children, in spite of going to schools are doing these petty odd jobs just to earn their daily bread. I would appreciate the work being done by this organization to improve these children’s lifestyles and help to educate them and lead a healthy life ahead.
BBM (1st year)
Christ University , Bangalore
Total picture captured around 500 , by 40 Volunteers
More pictures and feed back by the volunteers will be updated with by next 2 days
mingle with orphan children. At the initial look they looked like any
other kids i have seen. But it wasnt so. They were more than good. I
started speaking to them in kannada but it was amazing to hear perfect
english sentences in reply. They were all a bunch of highly talented
Our first task for today was to go around the area around the school
and find out children who either dropped out of school or havent
attended school at all. If so then try and convince them to join the
school sponsored by the SCEAD foundation. St. Gapes school, the school
we visited today is run by a sister and was started by her single
handed. She runs the school from her own salary satisfying around 40
children's daily needs. We went around campaigning about this school
where each child is provided with free food, education, books,
uniform, etc. But what highlighted today was the children.
asked one girl what she wanted to become in the future she clearly
said a fashion designer... that was so amazing. And she was so
confident about it that she didnt change her decision even after i
asked her if she wanted to become an engineer. They are the future of
our country. Small dreams and ideas like these can change the future.
This was my first experience and i am looking forward to more such
By Kurt Orzeck for South Africa Times / Reuters
Los Angeles - First, it was the Catholic Church. Then Penn State. Now, a new child abuse scandal in Hollywood is raising questions over the safety of minors in the entertainment business and sparking calls for new child-labour regulations.
Last week Martin Weiss, a longtime manager of young talent, was arrested on suspicion of child molestation after an 18-year-old former client told police he had been abused by Weiss 30 to 40 times from 2005 to 2008.
By Morkporkpor Anku for VibeGhana
By Child Labour has become a global plaque that cannot be ignored. The destructive trail of the physical and emotional effect on the victims is monumental and the records say it all with shocking statistics.
The challenge of the modern day slavery has attracted international and national attention including the United Nations, governments, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other relevant development partners in the fight to eliminate the menace.
The Himalayan Times - Nepalgunj
Fresh data has revealed that the number of child labourers has not dropped off despite the dozens of organizations engaged in combating it.
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