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The Relationship between Education and Child Work


  • Jo Boyden


Millions of children throughout the developing world work. Not all child work should be cause for concern. Some work activities develop practical knowledge and skills and reinforce children's sense of self-esteem and unity with their families. It is children's work that is exploitative and dangerous ('child labour') that poses a major human rights and socio-economic challenge. Universal primary education may be the single most effective instrument for meeting this challenge, but because of research inadequacies and the multiplicity of factors involved, a neat causal relationship cannot be established. Drawing on case studies from different countries and exploring the many different ways child work and education are interconnected, this paper seeks to pinpoint concerns that need to be addressed in order to eliminate child labour.

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  • Jo Boyden, 1994. "The Relationship between Education and Child Work," Papers iopcrs94/3, Innocenti Occasional Papers, Child Rights Series.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:iopcrs:iopcrs94/3

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    1. James R. Himes, 1992. "Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Resource mobilization and the obligations of the States Parties," Papers iopcrs92/2, Innocenti Occasional Papers, Child Rights Series.
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    child workers; education; right to education;

    JEL classification:

    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other
    • J82 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Labor Force Composition


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