Evidence on educational strategies to address child labour in India and Bangladesh: Scoping paper summaries
The ILO estimates that India and Bangladesh are home to the majority of child labourers in South Asia. A new research initiative led by the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti, “Evidence on Educational Strategies to Address Child Labour in South Asia,” aims to identify effective educational strategies to address child labour in these two countries. Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), this research is part of the broader FCDO ‘Asia Regional Child Labour Programme,’ which will run through 2023. To kick-start the project, an inception workshop was held in New Delhi in November 2019 to explore current evidence and inform future direction for research on educational strategies with the potential for reducing child labour in India and Bangladesh. Papers submitted by workshop presenters addressed a variety of topics related to the child labour and education landscape in both countries. Taken together, these pieces represent a valuable contribution to take stock of the knowledge base on child labour and education patterns, as well as on educational strategies with the potential to address child labour in India and Bangladesh. The papers also represent an important starting point for practitioners and researchers looking to identify knowledge gaps and future research opportunities on this topic. While specific to India and Bangladesh, the papers can provide useful linkages to the broader South Asian or global contexts. This Compendium presents a curated selection of the workshop papers, updated to include the potential implications of COVID-19 for schooling and child labour.
Samantroy, Ellina, AKM Masud Ali, Davuluri Venkateswarlu, Sajeda Amin, Renu Singh, and Jyotsna Jha. 2021. "Evidence on educational strategies to address child labour in India and Bangladesh: Scoping paper summaries." Florence: UNICEF Innocenti.