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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child Labour, Education and Policy Options

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AUTHOR Jay Chaubey, Mima Perisic, Nadine Perrault, George Laryea-Adjei and Noreen Khan
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2007
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

This paper examines the causes of child labour and its effect on school attendance. The analysis includes evidence from 175 countries indicating that child labour is the dominant factor determining primary and secondary school enrollment. Female enrollment is consistently more sensitive to the influence of child labour. In order to eliminate child labour, vulnerable families must receive some form of income support.  Equally important, mothers must be educated on the benefits of education and the grave risks child labour poses. Finally, this paper recommends that further research be conducted to determine why secondary school enrollment is less sensitive to public spending than primary school enrollment.

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