No to child labor - yes to education in emergencies - briefing paper
The lives of 168 million children worldwide, including 120 million aged between 5 and 14, are affected by child labour. At the same time, 100 million children are impacted by disasters every year, while 230 million children live in conflict areas. In these settings, children’s access to education is severely compromised. Emergencies, especially when they occur in communities already afflicted by poverty, can increase child labour and also give rise to new types of harmful work for children during the recovery period, thus preventing their regular attendance at school. Governments, humanitarian and development actors and others must recognise the potentially devastating impact of emergencies on child labour and children’s education, and work together to put in place effective prevention and response strategies to fulfil children’s right to an education free from child labour.