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Cambodia: Report on ending child labor to expand education, reduce poverty

NEW YORK, NY, USA, 14 June 2006 - Child labor constitutes a key obstacle to universal primary education, human resources development and the elimination of poverty, according to the report titled "Children's Work in Cambodia", released by the International Labor Organization (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank. The report states that children forced out of school and into labor to help their families are denied the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for gainful employment, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty. It adds that children with little or no schooling will be in a weak position in the labor market, at much greater risk of joining the ranks of unemployed and the poor, harming not only the welfare of individual children, but also slowing broader national poverty reduction and development efforts.

UNICEF Representative in Cambodia,  Rodney Hatfield, says that ‘Right-age entry will both prevent children from joining the labor force too early and increase the likelihood that they will complete their primary education.'


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