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Child Labour in Myanmar

Myanmar is an underdeveloped country of the third world. She is beset with lots of problems. Among them, child labour is an acute one. It is because, Myanmar being an agricultural country, has an alarming rate of population growth. As a result, cultivable land is decreasing to give way to a new residence and other facilities. So, pressure on family income is getting sore. Most families need more and more income to cope up the price hike and they send their children to work instead of sending to school. Today millions of children are engaged in various odd jobs such as working in garments factories, workshops, shops, hotels, bidi factories, battery factories and so on. Even there are thousands of children working as house servants or maidservants. They have to work round the clock without any rest. Child labour is a sin. It is a national disgrace for us. It is an alarming signal too. Today’s children are the future adult people and if a large number of our future adults are oppressed and exploited, we cannot expect anything for the nation. They will grow up with ill health and a very weak personality. The future of our country depends upon the children of today. So, we have to give a serious thought to this problem. First of all, the government should stop child labour by the strict application of the law. At the same time, financial help should be made available and all these to be done gradually, in phase. Some NGO and the government are already engaged in a number of programmes to find a way out of this problem. We believe that the days are not too far when Myanmar will be free from child labour.