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Child labour and education in India and Bangladesh

The ILO estimated that India and Bangladesh are home to 10.7 million child laborers, about 65 per cent of the total number of working child in South Asia (based on national household surveys in 2011-2012 for India and 2005-2006 for Bangladesh).

A new research project, led by the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, aims to identify effective educational strategies to address child labour in these countries.We will review and synthesise the latest evidence on the interlinkages between education and child labour, and generate new evidence assessing the effectiveness of innovative educational interventions in reducing child labour.

Funded with UK aid from the UK government, this project is part of the broader FCDO Asia Regional Child Labour Programme, also involving the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex (IDS) and the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA).

UNICEF Innocenti’s research will be conducted in collaboration with local researchers in India and Bangladesh, closely liaising with UNICEF country offices and with the other partners in the broader regional programme.

Child labour and education in India and Bangladesh

The ILO estimated that India and Bangladesh are home to 10.7 million child laborers, about 65 per cent of the total number of working child in South Asia (based on national household surveys in 2011-2012 for India and 2005-2006 for Bangladesh).

A new research project, led by the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, aims to identify effective educational strategies to address child labour in these countries.We will review and synthesise the latest evidence on the interlinkages between education and child labour, and generate new evidence assessing the effectiveness of innovative educational interventions in reducing child labour.

Funded with UK aid from the UK government, this project is part of the broader FCDO Asia Regional Child Labour Programme, also involving the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex (IDS) and the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA).

UNICEF Innocenti’s research will be conducted in collaboration with local researchers in India and Bangladesh, closely liaising with UNICEF country offices and with the other partners in the broader regional programme.

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