Action Against Child Labour

India has an unrivalled youth demographic with more than 50% of its population under the age of 25. However, many of the children of the country who will join this demography tomorrow are currently out of schools – unskilled, illiterate and potential child labourers.

 

One in every 11 children in India is working.

 

As per the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, amended in 2016 ("CLPR Act"), a "Child" is defined as any person below the age of 14, and the CLPR Act prohibits employment of a Child in any employment including as a domestic help.
However, the grim reality according to the 2011 Census of India states that there are more than 10.2 million ‘economically active’ children in India in the age group of five to 14 years.

Action Against Child Labour

Panipat district of Haryana is famous as the cast-off capital of the world for its bustling shoddy industry. It is also a region where child labour is vastly prevalent. Children are hired to work in the textile recycling factories where they work in hazardous conditions without any protective gear.
Humana People to People India has been working in Panipat since 2015 to create awareness among the community, get children out of textile industries and enrol them back into schools.
In 2018, this initiative was expanded with the project ‘Action Against Child Labour (AACL)’, with an aim to create Child Labour Free Zones (CLFZ) in three wards of the district, covering 2,439 households, which comprise approximately 10,000 people. The initiative is supported by the Government of Netherlands, the Dutch organisation, Sympany and Arisa.

The identified children are enrolled directly into Government Schools or alternately, enrolled in HPPI’s Kadam Centres or through the newly established Sambhavna, designed to accommodate adolescents from Grade VI to VIII.

In order to enhance the sustainability of the intervention, the project team has also created a cadre of community-level volunteers called ‘Child Rights Protection Force. The members of this force play an active role in sensitising the parents, factory owners, school authorities and other community members about child labour and ensure the retention of children once they are enrolled in schools.
Since the launch of the programme in January 2018, the project has successfully removed 612 children from exploitative working environments and integrated them in the education system.

About HPPI

Humana People to People India is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as of 21st May 1998. It is a non-political, non-religious organization. Its mission is to unite with people in India in order to create development in the broadest sense through the implementation of the projects that aim at transferring knowledge, skills and capacity to individuals and communities who need assistance to come out of poverty and other dehumanizing conditions.

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