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Honduran Child Worker
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Planning educational response strategies for working children
Honduras
April 2002

Central America MapIn rural areas of Honduras, school attendance averages as little as 3.3 years for citizens. Entire classes can drop out of school during harvest season, and child labor greatly impedes access to education.

The BEPS child labor team conducted a planning analysis to determine feasible pilot project interventions to provide educational opportunities to working children in Honduras, especially those involved in abusive forms of child labor. A desk review of existing studies on child labor in Honduras provided the basis for planning and executing assessments in two regions of Honduras: the southern cone of Choluteca and Valle, and the Mosquitia.

Through its studies, BEPS found that child labor does indeed exist in Honduras, that the presence of child labor is being recognized in some sectors but not all, and that better coordination is needed between intervening institutions. BEPS also gained insight into the cycle of poverty and its impact on children’s early entry into abusive forms of labor. The sociocultural and economic situation of the parents contributes to child labor, and thus special efforts must be exerted to address parental attitudes. The resulting analysis paper addressed interventions, indicators, the decision-making process for selecting the pilot project, and a possible regional conference on child labor.


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