Child Labor Benefits

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Second, child labor can be favorable to the future of the child. For the less fortunate ones, it can help them earn money for their survival purposes or for their tuition fees in school. An article in TIME by Jean Friedman-Rudovsky features Bolivian children who are working to earn their living and expenses. One Bolivian kid, Victor Chipani “[rounds] up passengers to fill public minibuses in his impoverished city of El Alto” for many hours in each day to provide for his eight siblings and to buy school supplies for their education (Friedman-Rudovsky). However, he does not want pity from people, as he says, "we as child workers can achieve anything" (qtd. in Friedman-Rudovsky). Another Bolivian kid named José Guillermo Mamani, who is the president…show more content…
This form of child labor can train the children for the future, especially to those who will run their family businesses next time. These forms of trainings can help them prepare and discover their capabilities. After all, “school participation or education attainment is a measure of input, while skills are measures of output”, in Sim, Suryahadi and Suryadarma’s opinion, “data on skills among children is rare in developing countries, yet skills make up the crucial ingredients that determine an individual’s future earning capability”, they add (Sim, Suryahadi and Suryadarma). Child labor can also provide a certain feeling of achievement, attainment, independence and pride for children at young age which will make them feel well-equipped for the…show more content…
First, it can be beneficial to the economy of the Philippines by providing skilled manpower and reducing extremes of poverty. Second, child labor can be beneficial to the child by molding his or her own skills and earning money for his or her education and daily needs. Lastly, it can be beneficial to the family of the working child by providing additional income to their household and lifting their life a little. However, the government and citizens should not put emphasis on the prohibition of child labor, because again, it is only a tool for children who are in poverty to seek ways of survival that the government fails to provide. As one of the Bolivian kid in El Alto questions, “instead of eradicating child labor, "why [do not] they think about eradicating the poverty" that breeds it” (qtd. in Friedman-Rudovsky)? After all, instead of focusing on children working at very young age, people, especially the government, should focus more on how to solve the problems and factors which push these children to seek employment like poverty. Then, maybe, Victor Chipani, the Bolivian kid, does not need to call passengers to fill in those minibuses in his city to earn money for his school supplies, and Jameson, the squid catcher, can already afford
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