ERIC Number: ED331616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Child Labour and Education: Issues Emerging from the Experiences of Some Developing Countries of Asia. UNESCO-UNICEF Co-operative Programme Digest No. 28.
United Nations Children's Fund, Paris (France).; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
This digest examines the problem of child labor and education in India and other Southeast Asian countries. It offers novel insights into the extent of child labor and the shortcomings and inertia of educational systems in adapting to the needs of working children. Also, the digest describes a series of promising educational innovations meant to bring education within the reach of working children and youth. Particular attention is given to the condition of the female working child. Innovative strategies that are discussed include India's Institute of Psychological and Educational Research, Self-Employed Women's Association, the voluntary agency named Chetna Vikas, the Indian Institute of Education, a crafts project in Madhya Pradesh, and the Indian Institute of Rural Workers. Thailand's mobile school, Malaysia's on-the-job training, and Bangladesh's educational program for under-privileged children are also discussed. It is concluded that the record of achievement in the field of education in South Asia is not impressive, except in the cases of Thailand and Sri Lanka. Powerful vested interests, whether in semi-feudal agriculture or unorganized industry, continue their severe exploitation by actively recruiting child labor in a perpetual quest for profit. State intervention is needed to achieve the goal of universal primary education. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Paris (France).; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Asia; India; Malaysia; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Thailand