While the technology revolution has yet to reach far into the households of those in developing countries, this is certainly another area where more developed countries can assist those in the less developed world.
It’s estimated that there may be two hundred and fifty million children in the world engaged in some form of exploitative child labour.
As skills and energy became more of a demand, people who didn’t have skills just got left behind, got shuttled to the side. Education didn’t keep up with their promise. Education didn’t prepare them for this new world. Jobs went overseas.
And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other’s dignity and rights.
The dream of the Convention was born from the that children and their needs were not been considered when policies were being made, laws passed or actions undertaken.
UNICEF has repeatedly called on governments to ensure basic services for children and this includes providing food where the need exists.
Nor is the suffering limited to children in developing countries.
Griffin Bell later apologized to me for that decision.
For example, UNICEF works with governments to change legislation such as in India where a law was passed raising the age of compulsory school completion to keep children in school and away from the workplace for longer.
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