Child labor began in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s

Child labor began in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. In many developing countries, Child labor has become a more dominant issues. Child labor played an important role in the Industrial Revolution. Many family member had to send out little children to work for them to survive from the life of poverty and unemployment. In the book, “Where Am I Wearing” , the author, Kelsey Timmerman explains, “Before I came to Bangladesh, met Arifa, and visited the factories, I would have completed supported any bill against sweatshops and child labor. But I’ve come to realize that the world isn’t black or white, good or bad” Child labor can go both ways, the good perspective and the bad perspective. Statistic shows that “There are 168 million children worldwide trapped in child labor, accounting for almost 11 percent of the overall child population. Nearly 60 percent of Child labor takes place in agriculture.” These numbers should not be that high for any reason. There should be a bill against child labor because it deprives and interferes with various growth and development of the children in all aspects of life ; like these four main aspect of life, physically, intellectually, mentally and socially.
During the Industrial Revolution, many children were offered a job at the factories. They often worked full time and part times jobs in order to help support their families because of poverty. The level of poverty elevated and the lives of many low income families begin to suffer. Poverty and high level of unemployment in the developing countries are the main reason of child labor.During the Industrial Revolution, many children had no choice , but to work hard hours for little pay. Kelsey Timmerman points out “Since the Industrial Revolution, our clothes have always been made by those who are less privileged primarily, young , uneducated women who are desperate for work” (Timmerman 44). Most of the clothes are handmade. Our clothes were made by poor uneducated women.They did not have the opportunity to go to school, so they had only one option in life which was working a factory. Poverty like slavery is a diseased whose cycle and chain must be broken through a struggle and hardship.
Education is the key to success. It helps students to reach their full potential. Education also help children to gain the knowledge and understanding so they can be able to faces the real world. Children was forced to work long hours in the factories, which interfered with their ability to to attend school and socialize with others are limited. They do not have the privilege like some of these American children. Like in America, you have the there right to go to school and and enjoy yourself on the weekends with your friends and family. A child’s main priority should be school, we are nothing without an education.. In the United States, education is one of the most important aspect of life. They take learning too serious. In many developing countries , Children do not have the opportunity to go to school. They had to help provide for their families. When children are forced to work long hours, their ability to attend school or have a memorable childhood tend to fail. “Developing countries need more jobs like those at soleRebels, job that allow parents to send their kids to school”(Timmerman 253). Timmerman shows a method that will help decrease the number of child labor and solutions to their problems. If many adult work with soleRebel, there will be more opportunity for children to get the education they properly need. Children are employed at the expense of going to school. Education is not free in some countries and their parent or guardian do not have enough money to send them to school. They need social and professional skills that only school and a nurturing environment can provide. Some countries have compulsory schooling.
Many Children tend to have health problems are a very young age because of all the hard work they have done at the factories. Child labor literally destroys health for these children. They can get skin disease, asthma, etc..This can even cause them to commit suicide. Kelsey Timmerman claims that ” Suicides became such a problem that the company put up nets to catch workers were so depressed that they opted to jump to their death rather than go back to work” ( Timmerman 255) . This quote shows that the workers at Shenzhen factory chose death over their jobs because they was tired of being mistreated and working a a bad condition. Health problems are compounded for children because they are more likely to experience difficult lifestyle. “Arifa does not want Abir to be a garment worker, she attributes the pains she suffers in her neck and her arms to her years working in the garment factory’ (Timmerman 77). Arifa is just looking out for her son. She do not want him to suffer like the way she did working in a garment factory because it can lead to serious injury.
Many countries have laws against child labor, however, some governments support child labor as a way of gaining a competitive advantage in the economic market.
Government officials caught up in booming economy do not want to do anything to hinder local businesses and foreign investments…given that public gatherings are prohibited, unions are not exactly going to sprout upon their own. NGOs are restricted,a and other international organizations such as the ILO struggle to get anywhere with labor rights.” (Timmerman 157)
Timmerman expresses that the government have taken measure, but they are lacking of implementation.awareness in the society. The NGOs and other organization had an impact of these children lives. They brought Some NGOs fight to protect working children by providing them with information safer working conditions. They also help children in the transition from work to school by building centers where they are provide health care.
Child Labor takes away childhood. In many developing countries, Children do not really have the right childhood compare to children these days. Children life is miserable under sixteen who has to earn for their families and they have to work with great pain for little amount of money even $4 per hour. People imagine childhood as a wonderful experience of the first stage of life. The most important thing which makes childhood memorable and fun is the love and care from your loved ones and friends. However, many children did not have that kind of lifestyle. They had to work in factories of on the farm to help their family in need of survival. Child labor deprives children of their childhood. Young children working for hours with a minimal breaks during shift. Children were not able to go to school, go to the park to play with friends or even have family time. “Kids who should have been in school were instead working” (Timmerman 53). Timmerman states that people in developing did not take education too serious because they have a job to attend. Employing children can be somewhat good and bad. The good side of that is the benefit because it. These children can help their family with a financial breakthrough, but on the other hand, this is destroying young children future of getting an education to succeed in life.
In conclusion, Child labor is a major problem in many developing countries. Child labor interferes with the ability getting an education and having a good childhood. It is very common because of the existence of high level of poverty and poor schooling opportunities for the children. Poverty is somehow the cause of child labor. ” About 83 percent children belonged to poor families.” Families with low income are affected by child labor because they need a support system. Child labor takes the freedom and dignity from a child. The government needs to help end child labor by providing financial and educational support for these children.