Ending Child labour and Ensuring Education in Uganda: An Overview for Taking Action at Community Level

Ending Child labour and Ensuring Education in Uganda: An Overview for Taking Action at Community Level

Published By: Global March Against Child Labour

Published Year: 2017

Child labour is work that harms children or keeps them from attending school, deprives them of their childhood and is detrimental to the entire lives of such children (Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development report, 2012).
The practice of child labour manifests itself in various forms and in different sectors. These include commercial agriculture (e.g tea and sugarcane plantations), domestic service, the informal sector, hotels and bars, commercial sexual exploitation, child trafficking, construction, fishing, stone and sand quarrying businesses.
In Mukono and Mbale Districts, like in any part of the country, child labour and out of school children are rampart. In Mukono because of poverty, children of primary school age, instead of being at school, work in the stone quarries- either working alone or accompanying their parents. Also children work in plantations of sugar and tea. In Mbale, they work in the rice fields chasing birds. In both geographical areas, children hawk food staffs like carrying baskets of vegetables while their parents wait for the proceeds at home.

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