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All-Star Gifts Workers of the World
All-Star Gifts
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In this series of activities, participants explore the consequences of child labor.

InTended For grades 6-8

TIme reqUIred: 30-40 mInUTes


Copies of Handout One, “Worker Descriptions,” one for each participantFor grades 6-8 TIme reqUIred: 30-40 mInUTes MATERIALS NEEDED Copies of Handout Two, “Child Labor or

Copies of Handout Two, “Child Labor or Child Work?”, one for each participantOne, “Worker Descriptions,” one for each participant Pens or pencils, one for each participant Newsprint and

Pens or pencils, one for each participant“Child Labor or Child Work?”, one for each participant Newsprint and markers ACTIVITY STEPS Conduct a

each participant Pens or pencils, one for each participant Newsprint and markers ACTIVITY STEPS Conduct a

Newsprint and markerseach participant Pens or pencils, one for each participant ACTIVITY STEPS Conduct a quick survey by


Conduct a quick survey by asking participants the following questions:for each participant Newsprint and markers ACTIVITY STEPS • How many of you help with household

• How many of you help with household chores?

• How many of you get paid by your parents for certain chores?

• How many of you do not have any chores?

• For those of you who have chores, what happens if you don’t do them?

Begin a discussion about the kinds of jobs and chores that children and young people in the U.S. typically do at the following ages:you who have chores, what happens if you don’t do them? • Under 11 • 11

• Under 11

• 11 to 15

• 16 and older

Divide the participants into eight groups. Give each group a copy of Handout One. Then assign each group one of the children shown onfollowing ages: • Under 11 • 11 to 15 • 16 and older the resource. Ask

the resource. Ask the groups to read and then discuss the kind of work that their assigned children do and why. Ask them to consider what would happen if their assigned child did not work.


Invite the groups to share with each other about their assigned child.


Share the following key points:

• Child labor is defined as any work done by children that is hazardous, prevents them from getting an education, or is harmful to their health or to their physical, mental, or social well-being.

• Child laborers work in a variety of jobs. They are employed as domestic workers in homes, as laborers on farms, or as workers in industries such as garment-making or fireworks assembly.

• They may create their own employment by performing tasks such as shoe-shining, salvaging garbage from rubbish dumps, or hawking goods.

Workers of the World
Workers of the World


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• In conflict situations, children may be voluntarily or forcibly recruited to join armed groups.

• most child laborers are not protected by laws and regulations.

• some work carried out by children and young people is not considered child labor. These tasks include helping with appropriate tasks on the family farm after school, assisting with chores around the house, or engaging in paid part-time employment once they are legally old enough to do so. rather than being abusive, such work can be a valuable way for children to develop responsibility, learn how to manage money, and experience the work environment in preparation for future employment and participation in society.

• Worldwide, there are an estimated 215 million child laborers ages 5 to 17. some 115 million of these children work in hazardous conditions like:

» In mines

» With agricultural chemicals and pesticides

» With dangerous machinery

• all of these forms of labor are harmful to a child’s safety, health, and development.

• around the world, nearly one of every five children between the ages of 5 and 14 work full-time. more than one of every seven children work part-time, which can still impact their efforts to get a basic education.

• every year, more than a million children are taken from their families and moved to another country where they are forced to work without being paid.

• World Vision is an organization that works to help people around the world to break free from poverty. They are working to try to overcome the practice of child labor by:

• Freeing children who are being forced to work because their parents owe money.

• Helping children who have been working long hours in unhealthy conditions to build a new, healthier life.

• Providing families with new ways to make money by training them and giving them resources like farm animals and small loans to start businesses.

• setting up clubs that help children learn about their own rights, speak out and help others learn about those rights, and support each other.


Give each participant a copy of Handout Two and a pen or pencil. Ask them to take a few minutes to complete the handout.


Take some time as a large group to discuss some of the ways that World Vision might help child laborers. Also discuss what the participants might do to help child laborers.


Invite participants to gather back into their groups of eight. Give each group a sheet of newsprint and a marker. Ask them to discuss what they might include in a brochure that could be used to educate teenagers in a campaign against child labor. Allow a few minutes for them to create an outline for the brochure.


Invite all of the groups to present their ideas, and then ask for a few participants to volunteer to actually create a brochure using the best ideas. They can do this work on their own and bring the final product to a future session.


Conclude by inviting participants to join you in praying for an end to forced child labor.

(Adapted from the resource titled Stitched Up, produced by World Vision United Kingdom. Used with permission.)

Workers of the World Worker Descriptions Handout One
Workers of the World
Worker Descriptions
Handout One

sarITa Eleven-year-old Sarita collects water from the neighborhood well for her family. She makes several trips each day to get enough for drinking, cooking, and washing. Some days she doesn’t go to school because she’s too busy.

maTT matt is 14 and lives in the United states. every weekend he delivers a local paper to houses in a neighborhood near him. It takes him about two hours and he enjoys it because it means he is active rather than just sitting around watching television or playing video games. He also likes having extra pocket money to spend.

KUBendran Kubendran uses a sewing machine in the World Vision center in his town. He is 14 years old and is learning tailoring skills. When he was younger, he used to make beedis (hand-rolled cigarettes) to pay back a loan that his parents had taken out. World Vision paid off the loan, and with his new skills Kubendran will earn twice as much as before.

roBerT eleven-year-old robert helps his family every day after school by chopping firewood or washing clothes. During the rice harvest, he tramples rice stalks on a mat to separate the grains. Once his chores are done, robert enjoys playing marbles with his friends.

SHANTHI Shanthi and her family work in a quarry. They have to pay back a large sum of money that her parents borrowed. They break large rocks into stone chips, filling a tractor load each day. shanthi is 10 and cannot go to school because she has to work all day.

amman amman is 11 and works in a lock factory with his father and brother. He works 10 hours a day, polishing locks with emery powder to make them shiny. Amman gets one day off a week. He loves to play cricket with his friends but is often so tired from his long workdays that he can’t play for very long.

HarI Ten-year-old Hari works in a match factory, packing matches into boxes. He fills more than 1,000 boxes a day, but all of his earnings go to pay back a loan that his parents borrowed. There is a constant risk of fire in the factory and Hari inhales toxic fumes while he works. He often has headaches and stomachaches.

Workers of the World Child Labor or Child Work? Handout Two Write down the difference
Workers of the World
Child Labor or Child Work?
Handout Two
Write down the difference between child labor and child work.

List the factors that make work abusive or wrong for children.

Choose two examples of child work and two of child labor.

Complete this chart for those four children.

Child’s name

Child work or child labor?

risks (involved in this work)

Benefits (for

Critical factors (what

child and family)

makes this labor or work?)

Choose one of the child laborers on resource 1. What three things might World Vision do to help them?





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About World Vision
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