Help Child Labourers Go Back to School in Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Almost 24.3 percent of the population in Bangladesh still lives in poverty, and 12.9 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty.

About 1.2 million children in Bangladesh engage in the worst forms of child labor. This includes forced child labor in the production of dried fish, bricks, garments, and leather goods. Children working in informal garment production work as many as 16 hours a day and often carry heavy loads, use hazardous machinery, and handle chemicals without protective equipment. Children employed in tanneries similarly lack protective equipment and experience continuous exposure to heavy metals, formaldehyde, and other hazardous chemicals.

In addition, the labor law does not prohibit children from working in informal economic sectors and does not specify the activities and number of hours per week of light work that are permitted for children ages 12 and 13. The number of labor inspectors is also insufficient for the size of Bangladesh’s workforce, and fines are inadequate to deter child labor law violations.

Key challenges:

  • High school drop-out rates
  • Lack of relevant skills for an honest living
  • Mindset of the community and parents that perceive education as a burden
  • Lack of sensitisation and sense of dangers related to hazardous labour
  • Poverty of parents

World Vision aims to

  • Promote skills development and safer work among children engaged in child labour
    • Provide technical vocational education training among working children aged 15-17 years old, who are school dropouts
    • Linkage with companies for internships and job placements
    • Provide annual health check-ups, and conduct primary health care and adolescent reproductive health awareness sessions
  • Provide children involved/at risk of child labour with non-formal education and life skills
    • Provide non-formal education for out-of-school children aged 6-12 years old to facilitate their enrollment into formal education thereafter
    • Provide life skills-based education and leadership training at child-friendly learning centers
    • Equip child-friendly learning centers with furniture and learning equipment to promote a conducive learning environment
  • Advocate against hazardous child labour and promote the protection of children 
    • Provide livelihood skill development, income generation support, and savings training for parents/caregivers of working children
    • Conduct advocacy initiatives against child labour

Find out more about work among vulnerable children in the cities.

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