Child labor is a global issue as each and every day almost in every corner of the world children are labouring in conditions that threaten their health, physical, mental, spiritual and moral well-being and development. However, the situation is ruthless in many developing countries. In developing countries, involvement of children in labor activities is associated with a range of driving forces. In Bangladesh like many other developing countries, socioeconomic realties such as household level poverty and economic hardship, cultural practices such as gender inequality, inadequate educational opportunities, and natural calamities often forced children to engage in labor activities.
Although Bangladesh has made significance progress to eliminate from the child labour from export oriented readymade garment, but there are still huge existence of child labour engaged is various hazardous work. Because of the socio economic environment child labour is widely accepted and very common in Bangladesh. Many families rely on the income generated by their children for survival, so child labour is often highly valued.
This project envisages to the strengthen capacity of the local community, local government members, and other stakeholders to prevent and eliminate child labour and guide them to formal schooling.
Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation (BLF) and its associates organization has been working since long to build awareness for prevention and elimination of child labour through non-formal schooling and Skill development training program and bridge the child worker to the formal school. Elimination of child labour program is one of the most prioritise area of BLF and the child labour free zone concept will give a large impact in the community. Although we are working since long, ’area based approach’ is motivating more to the local community to stop child labour and send every single children to the school.
Through the project activities we BLF were trying to strengthen capacity of the local community, local government members, and other stakeholders to prevent and eliminate child labour and guide them to formal schooling.