Theory in Practice: Saying NO to Child Labour

From the clinical safety of our first world offices, the idea of child labour, and indeed child slavery, seems improbable, implausible, even unbelievable. Yet it is a fact that globally there are millions of young people doing hazardous work in dangerous conditions, that is severely harmful to their physical, mental and social wellbeing. Many of these jobs are illegal, enslavement or trafficking of children is common and exploitation, hunger and abuse is widespread. In 2015 world leaders agreed and adopted Sustainable Development Goals; a set of 17 goals and 169 targets including three specifically aimed at ending child labour, slavery and trafficking. While it is disappointing to learn that recently in India, a controversial child labour bill has been passed by the lower house of parliame...

Human Development Resource

The Human Development Report Office (HDRO), part of the United Nations Development Programme, has been at the forefront of promoting human development thinking since it first introduced the idea to the world in the 1990 Human Development Report. HDRO has created an introductory course for anyone who wishes to teach an introduction to human development. This is a FREE learning resource. Download it here in either English, French or Spanish. This course typically takes about 4 hours to teach and might be of interest to a broad range of people, including undergraduate and post graduate students, NGOs or national and local policy makers. Please get in touch to give us feedback, share your experiences or share other learning resources. This is a chance to contribute to the global conversation o...

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