awareness to parents-is it because of Poverty?
In written records, the number of child labor May have reduced but physically, it is very High.
Apart from hazardous situation or conditions, they are everywhere and invisible, as domestic Servants, laborers in the fields of agriculture, in the dark rooms of prostitution, pick pocketing Etc.The poor parents feel children are their Only main assets and they have to earn for the home to fight for their daily needs.
Rural families in our region are seen children as assets, as extra wage earners-however, a child that works instead of going to school will perpetuate the cycle of poverty by growing into adult without an education.
Child labor is an accepted socio-economic Reality in our area. Children work in helping in tea & snack bars, helping their families grow and sell vegetables, looking after their siblings, begging, rag picking, working as house maids and collies who carry shopping bags.
Child labor is accepted by society and perpetuated by traditional attitudes-entrenched notions of caste dictate that child from lower caste families are expected to work rather than go to school. Poverty and caste status are easy
Explanations for child labor-the truth is more complex, the children work because the schools around them are not affordable or because school is not stimulating. Child labor is a multi-faceted problem that must be addressed from every angle. Only when community begins to see child labor as a violation of child's right to development, health and education will child labor practice change.
I feel 3 " I "s are important factors to this cause.
1-IGNORANCE, the parent’s ignorance to the development of the child.
2-INNOCENCE, they follow the traditional ethics that their child should work to support families.
3-ILLIteracy, the down-trodden community members mostly not educated.
Whether it is because of poverty, ignorance, innocence, illiteracy and other causes, we the social worker, employer or in any capacity in society, we must raise voice and say "SEND THEM TO SCHOOL' instead of work. The community is having total responsibility of retaining them In school by participation.