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Child labor is work that harms children or keeps them from attending school. Around the world and in the U. S., growing gaps between rich and poor in recent decades have forced millions of young children out of school and into work.

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Child Labour

  1. 1. HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES Ethics: 4th Secondary Education Before watching the video 1. In pairs. Which of the following words or expressions do you think are related to Child Labour? low wages go to school no school child slavery threatens  children’s  physical,  mental,  emotional  well-­‐being                              intolerable abuse play with friends child trafficking forced labour sleep   illegal activities sunbathe do the homework 2. In groups (3-4). Discuss if the following statements are TRUE or FALSE. 1. Children are often paid next to nothing (very low wages). 2. Child labour is compulsory in most countries. 3. Child labor involves intolerable abuse, such as child slavery, child trafficking, debt bondage, forced labor, or illicit activities. 4. Child labour prevents children from going to school. While watching the video 3. Watch the video and fill in the gaps. Early every morning, Pharady pulls a *cart from town *hauling (1) __________________ for neighbours. When it's full, the tank weighs about four hundred and fifty pounds. After doing morning *chores, the (2) __________________ part of her day begins. Instead of going to school, she goes to (3)__________________ in a brick factory, ALL - DAY – LONG. It's hard, tedious work, often in temperatures above 35 degrees. Each family gets paid by the number of (4) __________________ they load. Pharady's mum is getting older and (5) __________________, so she needs Pharady and her sister to help. “I wish I could go to (6) __________________ , but I need to make money to buy for my family.”. When Pharady's father got very (7) __________________ five years ago he eventually *passed away and she was left with a mountain of (8) __________________ and four girls to *raise. So they came to the brick factory three years ago, and Pharady went to work to help them (9) __________________. “I don't know what to do, I just want my daughter to be able to go to school and to be (10) __________________ so she doesn't have to work in the brick factory like me.”. Pharady dreams of becoming a (11) __________________, but if she can't go to school, that's impossible! “I'm afraid that I won't be able to work enough, we *owe other people lots of money. I work from six in the morning until six at night, but we still don't have enough (12) __________________.”. It's hard to believe the weight of *worry on this tiny girl's shoulders. Vocabulary Help *cart – a vehicle with no roof that is pulled by a horse and used for carrying heavy things.*haul – to pull something heavy with a continuous steady movement.*chore – a small job that you have to do regularly, especially work that you do to keep a house clean.*pass away – die.*raise – to look after your children and help them grow.*owe – to need to give someone back money that they have lent you.*worry - a problem that you are anxious about or are not sure how to deal with. After watching the video 4. Write a brief article to defend children's rights against exploitation in manufactories. ©Ángela M. Ruiz Montero –
  2. 2. HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES Ethics: 4th Secondary Education Key 1 low wages no school child slavery threatens children’s physical, mental, emotional well-being intolerable abuse child trafficking forced labour illegal activities 2 1TRUE 2FALSE 3TRUE 4TRUE 3 1water 7sick 4 Students’ own answers Some guidelines to help students 2hardest 8debt 3work 9survive 4bricks 10educated 5weaker 11teacher 6school 12food Consider the following steps. INTRODUCTION a. Present the situation (present simple) Too many children ... (exploit / pay very little / treat badly / inhuman conditions) BODY b. Give your opinion (using should) Hard jobs ... (expect from) Young people ... (send to school) CONCLUSION c. Consider solutions (using will) If governments ..., children ... (protect) If we ..., we can hope that young people ... (send to school instead of factories) ©Ángela M. Ruiz Montero –