By the Sweat & Toil of Children: Volume V: Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor

By the Sweat & Toil of Children: Volume V: Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor

provides an assessment of the child labor situation in 16 countries.4 It reviews the extent and nature of child labor in these countries and establishes a framework that can be used in future studies to evaluate progress in eliminating the problem

Focuses on three main areas:

  • law and enforcement
  • provision of primary education
  • implementation or advancement of targeted initiatives to combat child labor.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of international standards on child labor and describes recent international developments. It also presents an initial discussion of three key areas where action may be undertaken to alleviate exploitative child labor. Finally, it describes the methodology used to prepare this report.

Chapter II describes the nature and extent of child labor in the 16 countries examined for this report, including available data on the magnitude of child labor and an overview of the types of work children perform and the conditions under which they work.

The remaining chapters describe actions taken by governments and other actors to combat child labor in the 16 countries studied for this report. Chapter III focuses on efforts to reduce child labor through law and enforcement. It describes child labor laws, their enforcement, and current efforts to strengthen both the laws and their enforcement. Chapter IV describes governmental efforts to provide universal, primary education in the 16 countries, obstacles to school attendance, and several governmental initiatives to increase access to education. Finally, Chapter V describes targeted efforts to combat child labor and alleviate conditions that may lead to child labor. These efforts are either being implemented by governments or being facilitated through governmental policies, programs, or assistance. In the latter case, they may be implemented by international organizations, industry groups, labor unions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or partnerships among any of these groups. [author]

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