Better Schools, Less Child Work. Child Work and Education in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru

Innocenti Essay 7

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  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Alarcón Glasinovich, Walter;
    • Salazar, María Cristina;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1996
  • Pages
    • 30
  • ISBN
    • 88-85401-31-7
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 10U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


On the basis of detailed statistical surveys conducted in five Latin American countries, this essay demonstrates that actual practice in the region contrasts strongly with legal norms for the minimum age at which children can be employed and the age of completion of compulsory education. As well as increasing our understanding of the complex relationships between children, work and education, the original studies also drew up measures and definitions that have subsequently been widely adopted in the region. The essay provides a review of the main findings and proposes policy guidelines on child work.


Thematic area

Child Work and Labour   /  Rights of the Child   / 


child workers   /  compulsory education   /  minimum age   /  right to education   /