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170m children trapped in child labour: ILO

01:59 PM | 11 Jun, 2015
170m children trapped in child labour: ILO
LONDON (APP) - Almost 170 million youths are trapped in child labour, deprived of education and facing a life without decent job, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said on Wednesday.

From India’s brick kilns to the cotton fields of Uzbekistan and Bolivia’s sugar plantations, child labourers are more likely to have to settle later in life for unpaid work for the family or low-paying jobs, the ILO said in its annual “World Report on Child Labour”.

“Children who drop out of school and join the labour force early are more disadvantaged later in life because of a lack of education and basic skills,” said Patrick Quinn, a senior ILO adviser.

Despite an overall decline in child labourers by one-thirds since 2000, some five million children remain in slavery-like conditions, making up a quarter of the world’s modern-day slaves, according to the ILO.

The Asia-Pacific region has the largest number of child labourers with almost 78m, or 9.3 per cent, while sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate with 59m or more than 21 per cent.

Many of them are working under conditions that deprive them of a nurturing and protective environment, and expose them to stress and trauma, according to the report.

More than half of all child labourers — 85m — put their health at risk by working in hazardous jobs, such as mining and construction, said the report released ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour on Friday.

Rising youth unemployment, which stands at 75m globally, can also drive child labour as poor job prospects may stop parents from investing in their children’s education.

The ILO urged world leaders when they decide on new development goals in September to come up with a coherent policy to tackle child labour and the lack of decent jobs for youths.

Decent work means employment that is productive and delivers a fair income, job security, social benefits and equal opportunities.

A global push for access to primary education as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals had helped to push the overall child labour numbers down, Mr Quinn said.

The number of child labourers aged five to 14 dropped to 120m in 2012, from 186m in 2000, he said.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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