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Child Labor and Trafficking Prevention

More than a million children throughout the world are trafficked for the commercial sex industry and other forms of bonded labor. Millions more work long hours in situations that are hazardous or damaging to their health and development, for low wages, and without access to education. Children who lack basic education, come from poor families, are orphaned, or are victims of domestic abuse, are often most at risk of becoming exploited.

To combat the worst forms of child labor, World Education and its NGO partners provide children and youth who are at risk or caught in exploitative conditions with the basic skills they need to protect themselves and create opportunities for the future.

From vocational and practical skills training to basic literacy classes, World Education helps children find opportunities to enter or reenter the formal school system or improve their work and life prospects.

In collaboration with local, national, and international partners, World Education designs and implements capacity building initiatives to help strengthen organizations working to prevent child labor, trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Africa and Asia.

In February 2015, World Education's research into child labor in Nepal's brick industry was highlighted in a Guardian Global Development article looking at ongoing child labor related to the brick industry.

 

Featured Projects

View details: IMPACT - Improving Mechanisms for Partnership and Action for Children in Thailand

IMPACT - Improving Mechanisms for Partnership and Action for Children in Thailand

World Education is building a comprehensive child protection network, and developing a referral and case management system to protect migrant children from Burma who are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

View details: Youth on the Move

Youth on the Move

Youth on the Move was World Education's regional safe migration initiative which worked in three countries in Asia: China, Nepal and Cambodia. The Initiative addressed the education and well-being needs of migrant and vulnerable youth.

View details: New Path New Steps/Naya Bato Naya Paila

New Path New Steps/Naya Bato Naya Paila

New Path New Steps aims to eradicate child labor in Nepal by providing alternative vocational opportunities; strengthening policy; increasing access to case management; and increasing public knowledge on child labor-related issues.

 

Featured Resources

 

Features

View details: Breaking the Cycle of Child Labor: Sharadha's Story

Breaking the Cycle of Child Labor: Sharadha's Story

After enrolling in a nonformal education class targeting children who are forced to work in the brick industry, Sharadha was able to transition back to formal school.

View details: Nepal: From Servant to My Small Shop

Nepal: From Servant to My Small Shop

"I never imagined I'd have a shop of my own," confides Momina Khatun, elated.

View details: Helping Girls Protect Themselves in India

Helping Girls Protect Themselves in India

Until two years ago, Vijaya Lakshmi, 14, spent ten hours a day working in the cotton fields earning about 30 cents per day for her grueling work.