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Friday, February 25, 2005

Child labour - Condone or codemn?

There is no international definition of who a child is, so lets draw our conclusions from the definition of an adult.An adult is defined as an individual who has attained the age of majority. In normal circumstances an individual is said to be a major when he/she is of 18 years of age unless if a guardian has been appointed by a court, wherein he/she will attain majority on being 21 years of age. Lets assume 18 years of age as the cutoff point and hence anyone below the age of 18 years is a child and any work done by him/her for consideration is an act of child labour.

So if one were to go by this definition you will be guilty of employing child labour when the kid next door mows your lawn or when the local paper-boy drops your newspaper at your doorstep. But the flimsy minded hippy social workers who head international organizations such as UNICEF and ILO have ever-changing views on the age cutoff point, they sometimes opine that this cutoff point be 15 years and sometimes opine it should be 18. They also distinguish between child-work and child-labour; child-labour is oppressive whereas child-work is not; but alas these definitions of theirs are based on their daily whims and fancies and are ever-changing.

Agreed, every child should have the right to basic education which is deprived by their employers. But stopping child labour is not the answer, hippy social workers fail to realize that by picketing factories that employ child labour they are not only depriving the child of his daily bread but also the income of the factory and the society as a whole.

Protesters often voice concerns about the meager wages paid to children; but in this capitalistic piecemeal system of production, the wages are at par with the production and in most cases the production of a child is not at par with an adult and hence the variance in wages. They fail to realize that by doing away with child labour, the competitive advantage enjoyed by their local industries are neutralized which would result in poverty in the locality, which is the root cause of child labour; but then again these hippies on weed will not most probably be able to spell 'economics' so one should not expect them to understand it. Everybody talks about stopping child labour but none of them talk about rehabilitation, once they lose their jobs, who will provide the food?, who will provide the education?. In the individual hierarchy of necessities, food on the table supersedes all other concerns. Rather than protesting child labour, all hippies are requested to address the root causes such as poverty, once these causes are addressed the phenomenon of child labour will cease to exist, so till then please let the kids earn and live in peace.

8 Comments:

  • Well,children need education(not just academic education) to be aware,to be able to express and to be able to learn from life. Academic education is important since a child will never know that english is as important as physics(at school level) to sort of have a sound foundation for the life ahead. Atleast, I didn't know why i was learning so many things that I did, at school. Hence, a child(whatever the cutoff age is) should be involved in learning than earning till he/she can decide for himself/herself. I agree we need to provide for the child so that the child can learn not earn. Now these weed-smoking hippies may/may not mean that when they say child labour should be abolished.But I do know quite a few who actually help in providing for children who aren't as lucky as you & I. So the solution is not just letting the children earn for themselves until some revolution takes place & poverty vanishes off the face of this earth but to make an indiviudal effort at providing whatever one can to children who should learn not earn at such tender age.

    By Blogger wookie, at 2/25/2005 01:47:00 PM  

  • I think child labor should be condemned for the most part, but there are just things that a child can do nowadays that adults couldn't do anymore. Especially in the creativity and imaginative department.

    By Anonymous Alan, at 2/26/2005 01:03:00 AM  

  • Wookie,

    I used to have a son.. well actually I had adopted one through wordvision.... supported him for a year and a half and then a family adopted him.

    The root cause for this menace is poverty, so tackle that problem first and then go on to the mental and physical problems of child labour. As long as we cannot do that, I say let the kids live in peace.

    Alan,

    You are right, kids do have their spontaneity that I just love... mix this with cretivity and you have a very potent potion.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/26/2005 03:09:00 AM  

  • http://www.worldvision.org/

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/26/2005 03:24:00 AM  

  • Child labour as a context is a strong word in which when mentioned, we naturally think of young boys and girls slugging it out in poor condition sweatshops. I do agree on the whole economic sense of child-labour. But in certain countries large mulitnational corporations force young children off the streets to work in poor conditions for little or no pay. This to me is the meaning of child labour. A young child who is hard at work making ends meet or decide to work at choice; i call that enterprising instead. We live in a capitalistic world, so such are the irks of it.

    By Blogger Alex, at 2/26/2005 08:01:00 AM  

  • ahhhh finally somebody who got the magic word...... capitalism... thats the keyword mate...


    and alex, man I love your layout... neat site... but why did you remove the commenting bro.... and I like dream theatre too... 'tears' is one of my favourite songs.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 2/26/2005 08:12:00 AM  

  • Ah sadly, the past few weeks i've been plagued by unsavory comments from i presume racist facists. So i've disabled the commenting. Though theres the shoutbox for the usual rag and tag. =) I like the layout too LoL.. :D

    Dream Theater rocks my world.

    By Blogger Alex, at 2/26/2005 08:36:00 AM  

  • Condone or codemn? How about CONDOMS? Don't have kids if you wanna use them like that.

    By Anonymous Maria Kowalska, at 12/05/2006 05:02:00 AM  

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