How does child labour prevent literacy?

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Across the world, child labour is a major factor preventing children from going to school and equipping themselves with literacy skills. Poverty forces many children into work, but being illiterate will further propel the poverty cycle. With International Literacy Day just a couple of days away, SOS Children investigates this complex problem that keeps millions of children out of school every day.

 

What is meant by ‘child labour’?

For many, the term ‘child labour’ might conjure up images of sweatshops and crowded factories, which exploit young children and neglect their well-being. While this may be true in some cases, there are many other types of child labour, and some types of child work which are even considered as a positive way of developing skills. So how can we draw a line between what is acceptable child work, and what is harmful child labour?

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the authority in defi

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