Children around the world are routinely engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work. However, they are classified as child labourers when they are either too young to work, or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social or educational development. A child, who isn’t mature enough to understand the meaning of life, is pushed into a horrifying world of labour work at a crucial age of studying and playing. And the work is not limited to an activity of begging or working at a shop, but the horror goes on where sometimes they are bullied to work in industries with harmful chemicals, and even in packaging of drugs. What do we fancy in the world, where children are forced to engage in activities that are harmful to even adults?
Often, pitiful orphans and homeless children are forced into child labour. Many times in developing and poor societies, parents force their children to work at a tender age to support the family financially. Children of such families start working with their parents at the age as early as nine or ten.
Governments and NGOs around the globe are toiling constantly to fight the issue of child labour. The Indian government has started a programme that provides free schooling and a meal to children of the families which are financially challenged and can’t afford the luxury of education. However, some children start working again, leaving the education unfinished, as soon as they are old and strong enough to earn a day’s labour at an age of thirteen or fourteen.
It is essential to spread awareness and it is essential to take care of unprivileged children. We, as a responsible citizen of this world, are obliged to save little hands from labour. Small Hands Can Handle a Pen Better.