Child Labour

Frequently Asked Questions about Child Labour

What is child work?

  • The term child work refers to light activities done by children within their homes under the observation and supervision by their families in an environment free of exploitation.
  • Child work allows children to learn the roles they are expected to take on during adulthood.
  • Activities such as cooking, washing and fetching firewood and water, sweeping, washing clothes and looking after animals are acceptable as a process of learning and a means of transmitting skills from parents to children.

Note: if the above work is excessive and interferes with the child’s development then it is child labour.

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