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Children in many parts of the world spend far more time at work than in the classroom. But until countries offer truly universal education, we should be slow to pass judgment on all forms of child labor

© Lewis Hine

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Children in many parts of the world spend far more time at work than in the classroom. But until countries offer truly universal education, we should be slow to pass judgment on all forms of child labor

Child labor facts

98 million children around the world work; 54 million of them in services and 12 million in industry.

Since 2000, labor among girls has fallen by 40%; among boys, by 25%.

The International Labour Organization wants to eliminate the worst forms of child labor by 2016. These include work in dangerous environments (underground, in water or at dangerous heights); work with dangerous machinery only suitable for trained adults; and long hours of factory work.

Source: Marking progress against child labour – Global estimates and trends 2000-2012 (ILO-IPEC, 2013).

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