However, despite the scarcity of work, there are works that we should vigorously oppose. Those were work being done by children. Those were work we call child labor.
Child labor are works that deprive the children of their childhood – a period in one’s life that should be spent in the warmth of their parents’ loving hands and enjoys in open sunshine and not to be burdened down with hard physical chores and labor. Child labor is a work that exposes the children to all forms exploitation. It is harmful to the children’s health and exposes them to physical danger. It is detrimental to children’s physical, mental or psychosocial development.
Morally, socially, ethically child labor is a vicious evil. It thrives in the poor communities where people are uneducated or grossly under educated. Yet, child labor deprives the opportunity of children to education. Thus, child labor which is one of the consequences of poverty is also the condition that deprives poor families their only chance to break the cycle of poverty.
We should unite and fight child labor in all fronts – internationally, nationally and locally. We should fight child labor in the workplace, in school, and most especially in our own communities where a child laborer maybe our children’s former playmates, our neighbors and even our relatives.
We should start by locating and profiling child labor in our neighborhood. To do this, we should mobilize the whole community. The dream of a child labor free community is possible if the community took on the fight against child labor as their own struggle.
END CHILD LABOR NOW!
Department of Labor and Employment -QUEZON