Problems Associated with Child Labor Implications in Addressing Compulsory Education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Abunu Arega

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Considering hinderance of child labor to ensuring free, quality education, this study explores the implication of child labor to address education to all children. It especially stresses problems of child labor and implications on compulsory education. To this end, the embedded case research was employed to explore the issue in-depth. Data were collected using guided interview, document analysis and observation. The sample of the study consisted of 60 children 7 to 14 years engaged mainly in shoe shining and lottery selling works due to their potential interventions with schooling time. Descriptive statics was used to analyze the demographic data. The content analysis and narrations were applied to analyze qualitative data. The findings indicted that parents' economic inadequacy, the demand for children's support of families, and rural-urban migration were investigated to be the major reasons for children's labor engagement in the study areas. More than seventy six percent of child laborers left their origin with or without their parents, mainly for economic reasons. Lack of commitment to implement laws of protection, and shortage of rehabilitation and safeguard programs are challenging child labor reduction practices. consequently, child labor hindered the participation of a child in schooling activities. The article underlines priority to be given to sustainable child labor protection and the means of survival for poor families in order to achieve the goals of compulsory education through remedial programs to support families in need and assist them in finding alternative income to replace their child's employment. Understanding the interplay between child labor and compulsory education is a crucial concern for policy planners and advocacy groups working on a child's behalf.    

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Arega, A.tran. 2024. Problems Associated with Child Labor: Implications in Addressing Compulsory Education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Daagu International Journal of Basic and Applied research (DIJBAR). 6, 1 (Jun. 2024), 373–394. DOI:https://doi.org/10.20372/dijbar67772.v6i1.2024.
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Arega, A.tran. 2024. Problems Associated with Child Labor: Implications in Addressing Compulsory Education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Daagu International Journal of Basic and Applied research (DIJBAR). 6, 1 (Jun. 2024), 373–394. DOI:https://doi.org/10.20372/dijbar67772.v6i1.2024.

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