Combatting child labour

In 2005, the United Nations (UN) set up a range of goals, one of which was to halve the number of children missing out on primary school education by 2015. Since then, the numbers globally have fallen from 104 million to 57 million. These goals were known as the ‘Millennium Development Goals’ and are an example of how world leaders can work together to tackle inequality and world issues.

In addition, UNICEF has been setting up education centres in areas of the world where there is a severe shortage. In India, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, UNICEF has created an alternative learning centre (ALC) to help educate children who have never been to school. Over 20 per cent of India’s working children are from the Uttar Pradesh state, with many of them working in hot factories. The ALC supports local communities, and encourages parents to change their attitudes and send girls to school. The project is mainly aimed at primary school aged pupils, and helps to integrate children into formal education.

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An estimated 414,000 children are working in India’s cotton industry. Around half are under 14 years old and almost 90 per cent don’t attend school.
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UNICEF projects address the root causes of child labour, raise awareness of the importance of education, and support schools, communities and officials to end child labour and ensure children go to school