It’s hard to use the phrase “good news” when we’re talking about child labor. Millions of kids around the world, some as young as five, spend their days doing exhausting, dangerous jobs instead of learning in school or playing with friends.
But the latest report from the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour conducted by the International Labour Office (ILO) shows progress in the fight to protect the world’s children. The report looks at overall numbers from last year and examines trends that developed between 2000 and 2012.
What’s most encouraging?
The report shows an overall decline in global child labor. The growing attention paid by governments, employers, and workers around the world seems to be making a difference. The report states that many organizations and programs, including the Education for All movement, “have helped draw attention to the negative impacts of child labour on growth, on the future of the societies in which they live, and on the rights of these children.”
Millions of kids are living as child laborers. The best way we can reduce this crisis is by arming ourselves with accurate statistics.