This sixth report in the By the Sweat and
Toil of Children series examines the economic benefits of the elimination of
child labor and the increased enrollment of children in school.
The report focuses its analysis on child labor that prevents children from
obtaining the benefits of primary education. The report recognizes the
correlation between financial poverty and child labor, but also emphasizes that
many children work because their opportunities to enroll in school are limited.
The report examines strategies that encourage individual families and
communities to choose school over work for their children. These include
provision of universal free primary education and a variety of programs
targeted at the poverty and attitudes that might otherwise lead families to
send their children to work. The report emphasizes that a key to eliminating
child labor is broadening the opportunities available to children and to their
families, in particular by making schooling a valuable and affordable option.
Print version: 123 pages. 2000.