School of Hard Knocks


Sakib, 12, has worked as a blacksmith’s helper for the last two years in Khulna City, Bangladesh.

Sometimes Sakib is too weak to carry the hammer because his family is too poor to afford more than one meal a day. He and his mother struggle to get by.

It’s estimated that 120 million children ages 5 to 14 are working instead of attending school. Lack of education limits their future incomes and the economic well-being of the communities where they live.

Each year, on the World Day Against Child Labor, international child advocates, including World Vision, call attention to life-stunting effects of child labor. This year they are also promoting the availability of free, compulsory, and high-quality education as a way to combat child labor.

World Vision’s relevant work includes education in emergencies, upgrading and equipping schools, providing students with supplies, and training teachers.


Photo©2015 Richa Silvia Biswas/World Vision

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