Child labour is Child Abuse.
Mitcon International school conducted an activity to say No to Child Labour to spread awareness about child exploitation and how to eradicate it.
Child labour is a serious problem in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries. Labour is defined as physical or mental work especially of the hard or draining kind. The work done by the children under 18 years due to some circumstances is known as ‘Child Labour’. Child Labour’ is work performed by a child that is likely to interfere with his or her right to education, or to be harmful to their health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. All work done by children under the age of 18 is illegal.
Poverty is often cited as the main cause of child labour. It is widely believed that families will not be able to cope if their children do not work. Precisely the opposite is true: child labour maintains poverty. Because children are easy to exploit and are cheap labourers, they are hired in preference to adults. Child labour thus leads to lower wages and higher unemployment among adults. Children who work and do not go to school will end up in low paid jobs later, and so will their children – and so the vicious cycle of poverty is perpetuated.
Together we can stop child labour
The government is taking measures to tackle the problem. However, considering the magnitude and extent of the problem we at Mitcon also took it as our moral responsibility to educate and make every Mitconite aware of their right through enforcing the phrase “Say no to child labour” by showing the videos and carrying out various activities. Grades 1 &2 supported the drive by making colourful headgear and banners which were truly instigating. Grade 3 & 4 wrote slogans which were truly thought provoking to promote social impact. The preventive measures to be taken were well expressed by our grade 5.
Grade 6 and 7 did essay writing on Child Labour: Is it a choice or need? this was thought provoking concept. The students penned down their views on the topic and also mentioned the various reasons behind child labour. They came up with various ideas to eradicate it. Grades 8 and 9 expressed their thought whether the preventive measures taken are suffice or not, is the motion going in the right direction or not.
Carrying out these activities we as educators at Mitcon definitely take pride and believe that due to the awareness created through this special day will make every Mitconite responsible and be a part of this motion, may not be to a great extent but definitely be a part of it.