What is Child Labour?

Based on a think-pair-share and a whole class discussion:

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) child labour is "often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development."

It refers to work that:
- is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and
- interferes with their schooling by:
* depriving them of the opportunity to attend school;
* obliging them to leave school prematurely; or
* requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with long and heavy work

Homework for Monday November 24th:
Find five products in your home. Closely observe each product and figure out where it came from. Here is an example based on what I wore/brought to school today:

1. Blue top from Suzy Shier - made in Bangladesh
2. Cardigan sweater from Smart Set - made in China
3. Nike indoor soccer shoes - made in Vietnam
4. Citizen stainless steel wristwatch - made in China
5. Nine West wallet and bag - made in China

How many of these products do you think were made as a result of child labour?!

Child Labour Exploration Workshop

Before we begin reading Iqbal, let's make some real-life connections...
1. Click here to access the Products of Slavery website.
2. Select a country and then a product that you are interested in learning about.
3. Answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper:
- What is the name of your product?
- In which countries is your product found?
- Where is this product used in everyday life?
- Do you ever use it?
- What are the dangers that children face in acquiring or making this product?
- Why do you think a child would be forced into this job?
- Describe one of the stories of child labour from your product. How do you feel after reading this story?
- What is ONE thing you can do to help stop child labour?

I see, I wonder, I think...

The following pictures are from:
Stolen Dreams:Portraits of Working Children by David L. Parker

Iqbal Novel Study

Journal Response

Nov 28: Do you believe that child labour affects you? If so, how? If not, why not? Explain.

The Real Iqbal Masih

The Dark Side of Chocolate

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