Did you know that this coming Sunday (12th June 2016) is World Day against Child Labour? That’s right; it’s a day when people and organisations around the world take part in activities to raise awareness, and encourage people to act against this egregious practice.
You might be saying “Sure, that sounds important. But what’s that got to do with my students, with consumer education, and with education for a sustainable world?”
Well, quite a lot! Child labour is a major factor at play within many international supply chains, producing and selling some of our most loved consumer items – such as chocolate!
Why not take his opportunity to teach a lesson, run an assembly, or just do a learning activity whereby your students can learn more about child labour, where and how it happens, and how they can make consumer choices that help discourage it?
Various teaching and learning resources are available. Here on the Consumer Classroom website, take a look at The Chocolate Trade Game, developed by Christian Aid. Our Global Dimension Website also has a variety of resources related to child labour; as does the Anti-Slavery website.
If you just want some more information, do check out these sites: Ethical Consumer website reports on child labour within the supply chains of popular chocolate brands; and the British Library reminds us that child labour has a dirty history here in Britain that goes back decades and more.