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Child labour is pervasive in Bangladesh.

The issue is even more apparent in slum areas, where the figure reaches a shocking 19%. In its most extreme forms, child labour involves children being enslaved, separated from their families, exposed to serious hazards and illnesses and/or left to fend for themselves on the streets of large cities – often at a very early age.

Child labour not only harms the welfare of individual children, but also slows broader national poverty reduction and development efforts. Children forced out of school and into labour activities are often denied opportunities to acquire a formal education or the skills needed for gainful future employment, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Child Labour

A 2006 national survey found that nearly 13% of children
between the ages of 5 – 14 were engaged in child labour activities.

100Percent, in partnership with World Vision is committed
to turning these statistics around. 


The Aim

Poverty is a significant factor contributing to the high rates of child labour in Bangladesh. However, there are also social and cultural factors contributing to the high prevalence of child labor in the country. Because of this, World Vision Bangladesh employs an integrated and holistic approach to address the issue, including:
  • Advocating on behalf of stronger legislation on child labour as a foundation for action;
  • Increasing access to and quality of education, including evening classes for child labourers unable to attend school during traditional hours;
  • Promotion of early childhood development;
  • Providing second chance and life skills education to rehabilitate and reintegrate former child labourers;
  • Offsetting the direct and opportunity costs of schooling by assisting households and caregivers in identifying and securing alternative sources of income.

By choosing to support this cause, you will be providing opportunities
for justice to some of the most vulnerable children in Bangladesh.

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