Child labour is an important global issue. I’ll be focussing

my campaign on the use of child labour in Bangladesh. My campaign goal is to stop child labour because it is a fundamental right for every child on earth to live with dignity and in humane circumstances. The quality of children’s futures are being dramatically affected, it’s having a serious negative impact on their education and putting them in, sometimes, mortal danger.

Child labour has long been widely accepted and very common in Bangladesh. Families rely on the combined income from their children as there is no government support for health, education or services. Life is extremely difficult, particularly if the father is dead as usually they are the main bread winners. Given the harshness of life, it is little wonder that every member of the family is required to work.  According to Daily Mail Australia the rates of pay for an average child in a tobacco factory can be as little as $13.00 per day. Sometimes children are forced to live away from their families which makes them extremely vulnerable as they are exposed to violence and abuse. More boys are involved in child labour than girls. Girls however, suffer twice as much abuse often from their male work mates and they are often forced to do the jobs that they won’t do. They are sometimes used sexually and suffer unwanted pregnancies and shame on top of their miserable working conditions.

Conditions for working children in Bangladesh from the ages of 5 – 14 are extremely hard, they often work 10 – 11 hours a day 6 days a week. Some are forced to work 7 days a week and are very poorly treated. Many of the jobs are considered hazardous especially those involved in welding, battery charging and tobacco factories. There are almost no safety precautions and children are exposed to extreme levels of toxicity. The mortality rate of children in these industries are alarming.

Working conditions that are safe and healthy for adults may not be safe and healthy for children because of their physical differences. Risks may be greater for children at various stages of development and may have long-term effects. Factors that may increase the health, safety, and developmental risk factors for children include Rapid skeletal growth, development of organs and tissues, greater need for food and rest, lower heat tolerance and many more health issues.

My campaign is about providing a way out of the cycle of misery and harshness by educating them in order to provide opportunities for change. Education is free in Bangladesh, however it is poorly resourced. Schools and learning centres operate 6 days a week and 2.5 hours a day to allow children to work as well as attend school. Global organisations such as United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works with the government to help educate the extremely poor. Education is the key to unlocking the potential of any human being. When a person is educated they have the tools to change conditions. The most important thing is to value another human being and realise that they also have the potential to learn and to share that with others. If enough children become educated they will see that there is a better way for the productivity of their country to continue without sacrificing the children.

In conclusion we need to stop child labour because it destroying the future of all children and everybody has right to be educated, safe and healthy.

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