The Barriers and Perception of Child Labour and Education by Shiv Singh

I spoke to 2 groups of people. One group had finished their education, and the other did not. The responses to the interviews with each person are in the table below: here is what I noticed and learned.
All three people I spoke to believed that completing their education could have either been extremely helpful for them or allowed them to pursue their dream jobs. There is no doubt that education is the ticket to the freedom given by your knowledge. Everyone I spoke to did not finish going to school because their families or circumstances favoured the short term route to earning. Education allows one to progress as we grow and adapt whereas the scale of progression in ones career decreases when you don’t have an education. This situation is a very common stepping stone into child labour when a child’s parent suffers from a setback or does not have enough to support the family, their children drop out of school to help with income. This, however, is not a temporary thing, kids who leave school for a long period of time do not return to pursue their education. When it comes to the government schemes in place to help, everyone I spoke to had heard of them but were either unaware of how to join and where to begin or uninformed about what it might do for them. As mentioned in our seminar, government schemes are not highly promoted and followed up on, thus leaving people aware of it but unable to take part because the government does a poor job in getting the word out. Unfortunately, as I mentioned one’s career stays very stagnant without an education. And with education the possibilities are endless like a deep ocean.
Some common answers between people who are fully educated include their points of view in what they do when they see a child beggar. The people who stop and either give food or money are unaware that calling a helpline is even an option. I think a big part of the problem is the lack of public awareness. When I asked if they knew about laws regarding child labour no one knew of any specific laws regarding child labour. Another main misconception about bonded labourers is that they work in textile, building sites and cracker making industries. Although child labour is present in these areas close to 70% of underage bonded labourers work in agriculture. Some of the information that I think everyone should know is the number to call for the child safety helpline, the industries in which child labour is most prevalent and what they can say and do when they encounter child labour. I also think people need to know about some of the main laws protecting children from harm. People also don’t look into the sources for their products, but all of them said they would stop buying from a place endorsing child labour. For this to happen the public needs to be made aware of which companies are ethical and which are unethical. The knowledge of all of these combined can help individuals stand up for others and not be unaware of bystanders.

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