School-related Economic Incentives in Latin America: Reducing drop-out and repetition and combating child labour

Innocenti Occasional Papers, Child Rights Series 12

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  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Schiefelbein, Ernesto;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1997
  • Pages
    • 28
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 22U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This paper examines the barriers to educational achievement presented by child labour and the formal education systems of Latin America. Parents put pressure on children to work rather than study, and historically the formal education systems have had no safeguards to remedy the resulting knowledge gaps. Knowledge gaps lead to repeated failure in academic courses, which in turn prompts parents to view education as irrelevant. The paper examines the various economic-incentive programmes that have tried to break this vicious circle and identifies four strategies for educational improvement in the region: involving communities, increasing time available for learning, providing bilingual education to serve minorities and indigenous groups, and introducing computers.


Thematic area

Education   / 


child labour   /  child workers   /  education   /  educational systems   /  right to education   /