Children at work

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 May, 2010, 12:00am

More than 450 representatives from 80 countries took part in the Global Child Labour Conference last week. They agreed on working harder to get rid of the worst forms of child labour by 2016. But some think this target will not be met.

Since 2008, international aid to fight child labour has slowed down. This leaves the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour with less money to reach its goal.

According to French newspaper Le Monde, the best way to fight child labour is to pay families to send their children to school. In countries like Brazil, Mexico and India, this strategy has been successful. But it cannot be put in place without donations to the programme.


Work is considered 'child labour' when it causes harm to a child's health or mind and prevents the child from going to school.