The Consequences Of Child Labour

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Semester 2 Assignment 1: Child Labour Explain the implications of stopping the use of child labour in the cocoa industry in Cote d'Ivoire? Explain your answer. Child labour is a form of work that deprives children of their own childhood, their potential to become who they actually want to be and their pride and dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development due to the dangerous settings they work in. It refers to types work that is mentally, physically and socially dangerous to children, as it takes away their opportunity to attend school or even requiring them to attempt to work and attend school at the same time. One of the worst forms of child labour is found in the cocoa farms and plantations in Cote d'Ivoire as children…show more content…
For the household sector, if a family does not have access to child labour, their daily livelihood will be affected as they cannot provide for themselves without the extra funds the children provide. This will affect the lives of the whole family and they would be unable to survive, harming the entire family in the long run. Poor families mostly rely upon child labour in order to improve their livelihood and to survive for the next day. They have insufficient funds to provide for clothing, food, shelter and necessities, therefore they have to send their children to work. Also, as poorer families do not have access to free education, the children will still not have a chance to go to school. When families are already in extreme poverty, they would not even have the extra funds to send their children to schools, thus school not becoming an option for their children. Since the children cannot go to school or work, their lives will lose purpose, being detrimental to them in the end. For the company sector, the company is another party which will be heavily affected. Their income will be affected due to the sudden shortage of workers. Without enough workers at the cocoa plantation, their exports will decrease rapidly, slowing down the growth of the…show more content…
Children will not be deprived of their education, mental and physical development and most importantly, have their childhood stolen by child labour. Their lives will be safer as these uneducated and inexperienced child laborers may be completely unaware of the short and long term risks while working. With a proper education, the children will be able to get a better paying job in the future instead of working in the fields and plantations. In the long run, not just the child but the whole family and country would be able to benefit. Child labourers will now be offered a basic school education, social interactions with their peers, more rounded personal growth and development and proper emotional support. They will no longer face many physical dangers and risks such as physical injuries and mutilations caused by not properly maintained machinery on farms and in factories, unfortunate machine accidents in plantations. All these risks in their daily work may even lead to death. Their health will also improve as working children often suffer from growth deficiency tend to be shorter and lighter than other children of their age. These deficiencies, which are caused by the heavy load they carry in work and the strenuous activities, also impact on their adult life. They will no longer suffer from malnutrition and exhaustion as a result of underdeveloped children
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