As a child, I loved to write. I’d spend hours in my room writing. I was never quite sure what I was going to write about, but I knew it had to be good.
I grew up in a community where many children were forced to work instead of going to school. Some of them worked on farms, while others worked as street vendors or domestic servants.
Most of my friends had no choice but to work because their parents couldn’t afford to send them to school. This made me sad because I couldn’t discuss things I learnt in school with them because, as much as I tried, they did not understand.
If someone wanted an education in the community I grew up in, they would have to travel far away from home because we had no school around. I remember how difficult it was for me when I first started my journey toward higher education. There were times when I had no money for food or transportation so I had to walk tens of miles every day.
Despite all these challenges, I managed to finish my studies with good grades and now have a bright future ahead of me!
One Monday morning, as I was walking to school, I saw a little girl on her way back from the farm. She had a big basket of maize on her head which she hawked by the roadside. It broke my heart seeing how young she was and I couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if she had been sent to school, instead of being forced to work on the farm.
Today, almost 25 years later, thousands of children are on our roads hawking goods and actively engaged in child labor. Not only is this dangerous to the children, It is also harmful to our society.
A growing number of African children are forced to work for their own food.
Most parents want their children to be educated, but cannot afford it. These children end up on the streets working for their own survival and mostly end up joining gangs or being trafficked into prostitutions and other things.
51% of Nigerian Children Engage in Child Labor; Work that Is mentally, physically, socially, or morally harmful or dangerous to children and deprives them of opportunities for schooling and development.
Every year, millions of African children are forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions because their families cannot afford to feed them or send them to school.
It has been proven that Education brings self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, team-work among children and prevents them from feeling social insecurity.
This is why we say no to child labor!
Are kids being put to work in your community?
There’s a reason you’re reading this right now, Please report it to the authorities.
We at Trinitas Foundation believe that every child deserves a chance at a better future and we want to help make it happen. We are committed to helping children get the education they deserve, even if they don’t have access to formal schooling or can’t afford it.
We will continue to invest time and money into programs that provide ways for children to learn and grow through educational opportunities so that all children can go back to school–and stay there!
Child Labor can only be eradicated by education for all. Together we can eradicate Child Labor for good.
All it requires is your support.
We are Trinitas Foundation and we stand against Child labor.
My name is Ade George and I support education for all children and stand against Child labor.
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