The global coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing the progress made in recent years to end child labor. Because of the various shutdowns, school closures, and high death rates in some communities, children are finding themselves in forced labor situations.
Kids are working on construction crews, sifting garbage, and even forced into prostitution. Not only does this action potentially harm their mental or physical health, but it also jeopardizes their future schooling opportunities.
Families in need of income, especially in the developing world, are enlisting their children to get extra cash. Most of these jobs are illegal, and many are highly dangerous. Children as young as 8 have been forced into this work.
Over 1.6 Billion Children Have Been Displaced
COVID-19 closed schools all over the world. Nearly two billion kids found themselves out of the classroom for the entire year. For those who were lucky enough to continue with online or in-person instruction, the modifications created milestone setbacks.
As the world gets a grip on the coronavirus in 2021, an estimated 24 million children may never return to school. This rate is extraordinarily high in the developing world because families often grow dependent on whatever little income they generated.
Why are kids being asked to do so much? COVID-19 disproportionally affects older adults with severe cases.
Although it can be potentially deadly to anyone, the hospitalization rate in the United States for kids 17 and under is 14.5 per 100,000 people. For those in the 30-39-year age demographic, its 121.4 per 100,000.
Hospitalization rates continues to rise by another 100 cases per 100,000 people for every ten years of age.
How Do We Stop Child Labor Increases?
During the 2010s, the world proved that it could move in a positive direction when working to end child labor.
Community awareness, social mobilization, and empowerment to create change are all ways to stop this process.
We must also render aid whenever possible. Agricultural losses, unemployment, and restrictions make it challenging for families to find income.
Together, we can be a voice that restores the gains we’ve made. Kids deserve a childhood, but, more importantly, they need the chance to attend school and pursue their dreams.