Debate on Child Labor

2818 Words Jan 15th, 2012 12 Pages
Pro: Child Labor
The majority of people’s opinion on the idea of child labor is derived from the images in the media. They are only exposed to the horrible images of adolescents working very dangerous and degrading jobs and from this they are quick to side with the elimination of child labor. What many people are not aware of is the necessity for child labor in many developing countries. Our paper outlines the causes of child labor and the need for children to work in many countries, the unseen benefits of these children working, and the action that our company intends to take. Two of the main causes of child labor throughout developing nations are poverty and a limited access to education.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a theory
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Our company could fire these children and implement the age requirements of the US, but the reality of the situation is that these countries do not have the means to support our requirements.
The evident alternative to working is school so that children can have a brighter future. If by dismissing them from work, they can go straight into a nice, well-staffed school, that’d be great, but more than likely this is not the case. In India’s case, the educational system is not of good quality and is lacking necessary resources to function optimally. One study found that “teachers lack teaching kits in 67 percent of rural primary schools, that 89 percent of rural primary schools do not have a toilet, and that 25 percent of teachers were not in school when they were supposed to be teaching. That same study estimated that if all children…actually attended, there would be 113 pupils per classroom” (eJournal USA). This is why parents often find the benefit of sending their children to work: shaping their morals, building character, and learning a trade, to exceed the costs of sending them through school. Although organizations like UNICEF and ILO are funding the establishment of better school systems in these developing countries, there is only so many that this helps; the vast number of remaining children and families are left to hope that aid will come their way (Vaknin). With the change of the minimum working age, families who have children working in the

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