Stop the child labor in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a small and beautiful country. She is over populated country also. Most of the people are Muslims here; some people are Hindus, some are Buddhists and some are christens. Different religions’ people live in our country. Most of the people are poor in our country. Most of them live in villages. Some people live in towns.
A young laborer making metal components at a factory. Dhaka.Bangladesh

A young laborer making metal components at a factory. Dhaka.Bangladesh

In the morning when we go out from my home, we can see many men and women are to attend their Work. You know that most of the people are garments worker here. Every morning they are to attend their work and return home at night. The whole day they work very hard. They always maintain their work timely. Most of the garment workers are child labors.

Children at a brick factory in Fatullah. For each 1,000 bricks they carry, they earn the equivalent of 0.9 USD.

Child Labor deprives children from childhood and their dignity, which hampers their access to education and acquisition of skills .Although child labor is illegal in Bangladesh, for years the powerful garment industry employed between 50,000 and 75,000 children under 14, mainly girls. Bangladesh is one of the world’s leading garment exporters, but the situation captured little international attention until 1992, when the US introduced legislation to ban the importation of goods made using child labor.

Children at a brick factory in Fatullah. For each 1,000 bricks they carry, they earn the equivalent of 0.9 USD.

As a result, garment employers dismissed about three-quarters of all children employed in the industry. With no access to education and few skills, the children had few alternatives to escape their crushing poverty. Many went looking for new jobs in stone-crushing, street hustling and prostitution – all more hazardous and exploitative than garment making.

Hands of 8-year-old Munna while working in a rickshaw parts making factory. He works 10 hours a day and gets 8 USD for a month. Dhaka 2007.

Recognizing the need for action, UNICEF and the Ipec program of the International Labor Organization (ILO) began talks with industry leaders in 1993 to find a solution. After two years of difficult negotiations, an agreement was signed in 1995 between the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), UNICEF and the ILO. The parties agreed to: move all workers aged below 14 within four months to appropriate education program; no further hiring of under-age workers; and offer the children’s jobs to qualified adult family members.

Ten-year-old Shaifur working in a door lock factory in Old Dhaka. Unlike his colleague, Shaifur works without a mask.

With financial support from UNICEF, two NGO’s – Gono Shahjjo Shangstha and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) – have been placing former child laborers in special schools. There they are protected and receive health care, skills development training and a monthly cash stipend to compensate for their lost wages. Personal bank accounts and credit facilities have been set up for the families.But still Lot’s of Company have lot’s of child labor.

Eight-year-old Razu works in a rickshaw factory. He earns about 500 taka (7 USD) a month, working 10 hours a day. When the production often stops due to lack of electricity, he has time to play.

The question is How can we stop this?

If you look into the past, the slavery in US was largely due to big demand for cotton and the fact that it was cheaper to produce it that way than any other way. Now, there is big demand for everything: clothes, electronic toys, food, whatever.

Jainal works in silver cooking pot factory. He is 11 years old. He has been working in this factory for three years. His work starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. For his work he gets 700 taka (10 USD) for a month. His parents are so poor that they can not afford to send him to school. According to the factory owner, the parents do not care for their children; they send their kids to work for money and allegedly don’t feel sorry for these small kids. Dhaka 2008

There are those who will pay and there is a workforce which does not demand a reasonable wage. Two things are theoretically possible: either those who pay won’t pay or those who work won’t work. Is it doable? I wonder. The Western world is currently too much inclined to consume, consume and overconsume and give away as little as possible. We’ve already had a crisis as a result of such philosophy, and may be it’s not an end.

A child on the side of the road attempts to sell roses to passing commuters in cars and buses. Dhaka.

I am convinced that the problem must be solved where it starts: in all those places where there are people with no access to the way of life suitable for a human: clean water, enough food, school for kids and work for parents. As long as these places exist, we will never stop having problems on the Earth, I am afraid.

7-year-old Jasmine collects rubbish from a steaming rubbish heap on a cold winter morning. She earns money to support her family by scavenging for items on the Kajla rubbish dump. It is one of three landfill sites in a city of 12 million people. Around 5,000 tons of garbage are dumped here each day and more than 1,000 people work among the rubbish, sorting through the waste and collecting items to sell to retailers for recycling.

A young girl working in a brick crushing factory in Dhaka.

Children are compelled to work for long working hours with inadequate or no rest period. Moreover, they are paid with minimum wages and enjoy no job security. Many people prefer to employ young boys to maximize services for those minimum wages. Dhaka 2006.

13-year-old Liyakot Ali works in a silver cooking pot factory in Old Dhaka. The children work 10 hour days in hazardous conditions, for a weekly wage of 200 taka (3 USD). Dhaka. Bangladesh. June 2008

Eight-year-old Munna works in a rickshaw factory. He earns about 500 taka (7 USD) a month, working 10 hours a day. When the production often stops due to lack of electricity, he has time to play. Dhaka 2007

Thirteen-year-old Islam works in a silver cooking pot factory. He has been working at the factory for the last two years, in hazardous conditions, where it is common practice for the factory owners to take on children as unpaid apprentices, only providing them with two meals a day.

17.5 percent of children in the aged 5–15 are engaged in economic activities. Many of these children are engaged in various hazardous occupations in manufacturing factories. Dhaka 2006.

Most of them live in slums. They live in poverty. But they are part of our country and our life. We can change our poor children Destiny. Our rich people can help them beside some government activities. I know Bangladeshi people are very kind and well hearted. Please help the children to build up their future and save our country from the poverty.

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2 responses to “Stop the child labor in Bangladesh

  1. Shoncita

    Really its so pathetic …Shame on us (:

  2. Fine tips! I have been previously searching for something such as this for a time now. Bless you!

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