There seems to be a persistent misconception about child labor: first the poverty problem must be solved and then child labor will no longer be necessary. This is putting the cart before the horse. Poverty is in fact not the cause of child labor but it is a result of child labor. The fight against poverty must begin with the fight against child labor. Children can contribute to the development of their country, in the future, but only if they are given a chance to go to school now.
In A World for Children: Growing Up Without Child Labour author and photographer Peter de Ruiter touches a raw nerve. During his travels in nine countries across three continents he began to understand the reality of child labor, how it originates and why. He noted the fallacies created to justify why children should work. He photographed the injustice the children are subjected to. And he offers solutionsthe reader is given different ideas on how to personally take action against child labor.
Children must go to school. They must play and learn and be allowed to develop their full potential. It is up to adults to create a world in which children can do exactly that: a world for children. Child labor is not a natural phenomenon. It was created by man and can be ended by man.
A World for Children is targeted towards a wide audience: consumers, aid organization employees, politicians, students, children from about the age of ten and anyone who feels touched by the subject. The more than 400 gripping photos and the critical text spread just one message: stop child labor now.
Peter de Ruiter spent many years travelling around the world. On his travels he was regularly confronted by children begging or working, children who for these or many other reasons do not attend school. To write this book he went in search for what was behind this distressing phenomenonin the hope that his words and images would contribute to a solution. His degrees in sociology and mass communication helped him understand and publicize the subject.
Table of Contents
1) Show Me Your Hands; 2) Ingredients and Recipes; 3) What Is Child Labour? 4) How Does Child Labour Originate and How to Prevent This? 5) Getting the Message Across; 6) Forbid Or Tolerate? 7) A World For Children; 8) What Can You Do?
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