Child labour and its effect on children’ wellbeing: An analysis of global debates
Author(s): Grant Mapoma Mwinsa, Maurice Moono, Vytalis Chavwanga, Alice Banda, Judith Chishipula
Abstract: Child labour or work has been a subject of serious debate among scholars, politicians and individuals. This debate has more been on its effects on child development and academic achievement than on its contribution to social and economic well-being of children and their families. This article combines findings from a study on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia and available relevant literature. It discusses children’s work, rights and the two dichotomies of its supporters and opponents. It further argues that work or labour does not necessarily. Impede children’s development or academic achievements but rather compliments to this cause. The main conclusion is that work for children should exist but must be well regulated to protect children from hurtful situations.