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CHILDREN’S EXPERIENCES ON THEIR SCHOOLING, ACCE
SS TO HEALTH
CARE AND ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION: WHERE LIES THEIR RIGHTS.
MRS ESHIA
ABSTRACT
The notion of an “ideal" childhood, which proposes that children are to study, play and not to
work, is an issue that has to be re
-
examined. This is because the c
ircumstances prevailing in the
Global South where a significant number of children live outside the home and work is
different from what is prevailing in the countries that are proposing this. Also, children have
been assumed to be irrational, incomplete h
uman being, immature and incompetent. These
assumptions can be considered baseless, because some adults also exhibit these characteristics.
There is a growing concern of some advocates who claim to be fighting for the cause of
children to protect children
from all forms of work. The argument here is that, work is one of
the major activities in the lives of some sections of children especially those living on the street.
The fact of the matter is that, children in the Global South work no matter where they f
ind
themselves.