Child Labor In Africa

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According to the International Labor Organization ( ILO), about 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working in developing countries, with 8.4 million involved in especially hazardous work including prostitution, soldiering, forced and bonded labor, and other illicit activities. Out of that 250 million, at least 120 million work full time. Sixty-one percent are in Asia, 32 % in Africa, and 7% in Latin America. From this statistics it can be said that many of these children have no hope of benefiting from the booming global economy. Children are deprived of their right of getting education and contributing to their human capital accumulation. In addition to being an economic issue, child labor has important psychological and sociological dimensions as well. Most children do not have the rights to decide whether they enter the labor force. Parents are usually the people that make decisions for their children. Some children are voluntary to work and others are not. This implies that child labor is a real problem for many countries. Although child labor occurs in all countries and is one of the world’s major problems, the situation is particularly severe in developing countries, with high poverty and poor schooling opportunities, child labor is still prevalent. In 2010, sub-Saharan Africa had the highest incidence rates of child labor, with several African nations witnessing over 50 % of children aged 5-14 working. This type of labor is mainly seen in Africa,

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