Child Labour

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We have seen quite a lot of child labour activities around down town Yangon in most of the Tea shops and dining shops, where children of under-age taking up the jobs of the grown – up adults, serving customers with not up to the mark service from them. We have also seen under-age children buzz away individually at his or her goldsmith table on different sizes of gold-chains in order  to finish the entrusted articles in time around down-town Yangon in shady not frequently use part of the street. Every now and then, because of the bad service they rendered, to the annoyance on the employers, these children are often being scolded and sometime even beaten physically. On account of they are being children of under-age, so they are under paid, he or she is in some way has been harmed or exploited physically, morally or even  blocking the very access of his or her  future education.
All these are brought about by the chief reason of poverty, that children work at jobs that are exploitative and inappropriate for their age. Whereas the other reasons such as –abuses of the child; lack of good schooling; lack of health care; the public opinion that downplay the risk of early work for under-age children; and limited choices for women and un-caring attitude of employers.
I have had an old school mate of my younger days, this fellow of mine used to sit on the cashier’s seat of his father’s shop on every Sunday, whereby he fiddled about the account books and counting the coins and money notes. When I was on a trip to Thailand, I have witnessed a heart-warming sight while I was selecting some leather wallets at a Chinaman shop, suddenly a boy of 14 and a girl of 15 rushing into the shop without changing their school uniforms, just dropped the school bags on the nearby chair, quickly slipped behind the sales counter and started right away serving the crowded customers in the afternoon peak hour.
Drawing from these two past experiences of child labour, we could not judge the actions of these under-age children as being exploited by the parents. This is simply the children are giving a helping hands to their parents, might actually benefit from learning how to work,  gaining responsibility, this kind of child labour cannot be classified  as exploited.
The parents of child labour are often unemployed or under–employed, desperate for securing their employment and income, yet it is their children, more powerless and paid less who are offered jobs and employed, because they are easier to exploit.
Looking from the child labour conditions in Myanmar, it is not yet reaching a situation that is uncontrollable and incurable. With reinforced sincere efforts from some educators, social scientists and legal advisers constructing a solution to curb with  effective restrains or hold-backs on CHILD  LABOUR  on  a national scale.

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