National Study on Child Labor (Labour)

Janet Abboud
Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF)
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This report analyzes the nature of child labor (or labour) in Jordan. Child labor is defined as “the active participation of any child less than 16 years of age in any economic activity, regardless of the type of work, the employer, the nature of the job, or the activity.” This report examines the magnitude of child labor in Jordan based on the existing information and the collection of additional field data (both qualitative and quantitative) on the causes, conditions, and consequences of child labor. This report also aims to identify sub-populations of children most at risk to child labor, investigate inadequacies in Jordanian laws and legislation with regards to child labor, and examine vocational training programs and existing non-formal education programs for school drop-outs in relation to child labor. With regards to methodology, information on child labor in Jordan was obtained through both primary and secondary sources, including previous studies, interviews, and a field survey. After careful analysis, this report makes a number of recommendations which aim to combat illegal and harmful child labor in Jordan.

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