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|Title: ||Child labour in Uganda: socio-demographic characteristics of labourers|
|Authors: ||Agaba, Andrew|
|Keywords: ||Child labour|
|Issue Date: ||3-Mar-2009 |
|Abstract: ||The overall rate of child labour force participation in Uganda is as high as 15 percent in the national labour force and it is on increase. In 1990 it was 23 percent (MFPED, 1993) and by 2001 it was estimated at 43 percent (MFPED, 2001). In spite of this increase, very little is known about the socio-demographic characteristics of child labourers in Uganda. This study therefore, was designed to investigate the socio-demographic characteristics of child labourers in Uganda by considering the characteristics of the household heads or caretakers.
The data was analysed at three levels; univariate, bivariate and multivariate levels of analyses. At multivariate level the logistic regression model was fitted to determine the net contribution of each categorical variable to the existence of child labour in Uganda.
At bivariate level of analysis, place of residence, age, education attained by the household head, marital status of the household head, main source of income, and the reasons that made children to engage in child labour were found to be significant. While at multivariate level of analysis, age, sex, main source of income of the household, residence and reasons that made children to engage in child labour were found to have an effect on the existence of child labour in Uganda.
However, it is important for parents/care takers of children engaged in child labour and employers of children to respect government's efforts of providing free education for all (UPE). It is also recommended that Government introduce universal secondary education or/and vocational schools to enable children from poor families to join another level of education. Government should also educate parents/guardians and employers of children on the effects of child labour and on how to improve their household welfare without exploiting children. Finally, the government and other NGOs in the fight against child labour should increase funding for inspectors so that they can be able to implement labour laws fully up to the grass root (rural areas in plantations).|
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