Labor Day celebrates workers' economic and social contributions, usually through parades, picnics, and barbecues in the USA and Canada. Still, around the world, the holiday takes on various forms. Labor Day has been celebrated unofficially since 1882 but became official only under President Grover Cleveland in 1894. It honors all workers of both sexes, including those who are self-employed or unpaid family workers—people who contribute economically to society through their labor as employees, employers, or volunteers.
What does child labor mean?
Child labor is the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and is mentally, physically, socially, or morally harmful. This practice is considered exploitative by many international organizations. Legislation across the world prohibits child labor. These laws do not view all work by children as child labor; exceptions include work by child artists, family duties, supervised training, and specific categories of work such as those by Amish children, although this is disputed.
Tips to Reduce The Graph of Child Labor
If you want to help reduce the graph of child labor, here are a few things you can do.
Eliminating child labor starts with education
The best way to eliminate child labor is to prevent it from happening in the first place. And the best way to do that is through education. When children are educated, they will have better opportunities and more options for a future career. Providing education to every child in the world would reduce the number of children living below poverty and end global poverty altogether.
Get involved with public policy
Join a campaign or organization that advocates for children's rights and education. It can be as simple as signing a petition or making a donation. Alternatively, you can run for a city council or school board. Some places require you to be a resident before you can run for office, but it's worth checking if there are any exceptions (for example, Philadelphia allows non-citizens to run).
Support organizations working on the ground
Many organizations worldwide fight child labor through direct intervention: they go into villages and work directly with families and children on the ground. These organizations need money to fund their efforts, so consider donating to one of them if you want to make an impact right away. For example, The International Labor Organization (ILO) has programs in many countries worldwide that support local efforts against child labor; its website contains a list of projects currently underway in different countries worldwide. If you want to help kids who work, this is the place to start.
Employ children in government projects
The government should ensure that every child is provided with an education, which will eventually help them get better jobs later in their lives. However, there is no guarantee that every child will be able to attend school regularly due to financial constraints or lack of transportation facilities. In such cases, the government should employ children on government projects where they can earn money while learning new skills to help them make more money later in their lives.
Make education compulsory
Parents often send their children to work because they cannot afford to keep them in school or pay for their education costs out of pocket. Making education compulsory will ensure that all children can attend school and receive an education that will help them become productive members of society.
Although child labor is not widespread in some countries, there is little effort being put into raising the level of awareness to prevent these cases. As a result, many children have endured hardships because they entered the workforce at a young age. But things are changing; with our efforts, we can keep these children away from the force and provide them an innocent childhood to enjoy their lives fully. It is possible to teach parents that child labor threatens their children's education and growth with some simple steps.
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