Imagine sending your child off to work as young as the age of six. In Bolivia that is actually happening. Not just helping their parents out with some work. Actual hard, sweating, manual labor is what these children have to look forward to whenever they wake up in the morning. Instead of watching cartoons and eating Cheerios these kids are putting on gloves and work boots and walking blocks and possibly miles just to help out their families. Some Bolivians say that this is their Andean culture. Children go to school at night after working all day. There is no way these children are getting an adequate education.
There are six year olds marching on the streets right now demanding their right to work. What kind of society believes that children should lose their innocence and turn into adults at that age. Literally six year olds marching for work! And the Bolivian government wants to legitimately legalize child labor. Government officials are actually thinking of legalizing this to create fair and safe conditions for children working. Who is going to supervise these children to see that conditions improve and they are treated fairly? The Bolivian government may not have the resources to do so.
For many years for the Andean culture has been sending children off to work. It is normal for their society to have children provide for the home. Education is not top priority for these people. If some children do even attend school at it may only be a few hours two nights a week. These children are attending school after long grueling hours of harsh labor and are probably exhausted. There is no way they can focus on their studies after a day like that. Over one million children are working currently in Bolivia. Doing some form of labor everyday. It is a way of life for them. How they survive.
The law that is being discussed is said that it would allow children as young as ten years old to induce long hours of labor and even allowing it in harsh conditions. Most of these conditions adults wouldn’t work in. These poor children are being exploited and don’t even really realize it. They are pushing for fair child labor laws. Working is something that they strive to do.
It seems so taboo to a society that urges children to complete their education to the fullest. Enjoy being a child because it is inevitable that one day you will be an adult and an active member of society. Children are supposed to be innocent, carefree, and be able to get an education. That isn’t the case in Bolivia. It so surprising that even though we breath the same air and live on the same planet our cultures are so very different. Their society doesn’t have the technology that ours does and the resources. With so much that is currently happening in the world things like this are being overlooked by other countries. Is this right? It doesn’t really seem to matter to the working children of Bolivia as they have created their own union and are protesting their rights.