The last issue of "Meeting point", AREDS’ quarterly newsletter, presents their activities against child labour and school dop out: the Anti Child Labour Day, the 2010 Summer Camp and the School Enrolment Campaign.
" The Indian constitution says that it is the duty of the government to impart education to the children below 14 years. However, we can see children working in hotels, workshops, fire industries, matchbox factories and textile industries. The ILO defines that all those who are below 14 years are children. As per the census taken in 2001, there are 12.6 million child labourers in India; according to the statistics given by the Tamil Nadu government, there are 508 male and 563 female child labourers in Karur district. Of the total population of Tamil Nadu, more than 2 million are children below 18 years and most of them have been deprived of education, shelter, health care and even the right to live. Why does this situation exist even though the Child Labour Prohibition Act is in effect? "
Summary of "Meeting Point" n°7: