Child Labour and Basic Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Innocenti Essay 6

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Colbert de Arboleda, Vicky;
    • Garcia Mendez, Emilio;
    • Himes, James R.;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1994
  • Pages
    • 30
  • ISBN
    • 88-85401-17-1
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 13u
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English
  • Other languages


The high primary school enrolment rates in Latin America and the Caribbean mask poor performance in terms of the quality, relevance and cost-effectiveness of formal schooling in the region. What happens to the millions of children who repeat school years, underperform in their first years of schooling and eventually drop out? The vast majority are working children of one sort or another, but their work is likely to lead nowhere in terms of expanded opportunities or eventually to a decent standard of living for them and their future families.


Thematic area

Child Work and Labour   / 


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