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Understanding Children's Work and Youth Employment in Senegal

© UNICEF Senegal/2009/Pudlowski

Joint Report of the UNICEF/ILO/World Bank Working Group“Understanding Children's Work”

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The working group "Understanding Children's Work", formed by UNICEF, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Bank in 2007, launched the findings of their research on child labor and youth employment in Senegal at a national workshop held on March 24, 2010 in Dakar.

The study provides an overview of child labor in Senegal (its scope, its characteristics, its impact on the education of children) and give a snapshot of efforts undertaken at national level to manage it.

In 2005, the number of children aged 5-14 years old at work was estimated at more than 450 000, that is more than 15% of this age group. [new data: 22% for 1999-2008, source: SOWCR]

The Study seeks to give a fair representation of the situation of children at work however it does not cover all the aspects of the issue, notably the worst forms of child labor.

The findings of the study confirm some strategic options to fight against the exploitation and exclusion of child workers, including prevention, access to "second chance" opportunities  and the  strengthening of national capacities.

Agriculture is by far the sector that employs the biggest number of children, followed by trade, industry and services (domestic work or other).

Mainly, children are employed informally and without remuneration in domestic work settings.

The high rates of child labor come with a low school enrolment rate for working children. A lot of them are excluded of the education system.

The study emphasize the need to respond to the educational needs of all children excluded from the school system, especially by promoting "second chance" opportunities.

The study is available for download in French only.

Download the report | Summary (in French only)





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