The consequences of child labour

When children are working, the risks of injury and mental scarring dramatically increase. UNICEF estimates that over 5,000 child labourers are killed each year. Children who work are also missing out on an education and the possibilities to develop and improve their quality of life.

In India, girls are much more likely than boys to be uneducated. This too has serious consequences:

  • the child of an uneducated mother is more likely to die before the age of one
  • women who are poorly educated tend to marry young, and have larger families which add financial strain

Having a good education is empowering, and gives the chance of a higher status within society and better quality of life.

The importance of girls going to school and gaining an education.A graphic showing the benefits of a good education for girls to society