A Will of Their Own: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Working by Manfred Liebel

By Manfred Liebel

Kid's paintings is at the bring up in all elements of the area, together with the prosperous international locations of Europe and North the United States, and is heavily associated with the methods of globalization. it will probably tackle greatly differing varieties and will damage little ones, but in addition gain them. This book's method is targeted: it endeavors to appreciate operating young ones, and their methods of residing and performing, from their very own standpoint. it's drawn to the kid's personal reviews and hopes, specifically their makes an attempt to talk out in public and to struggle jointly opposed to exploitation and discrimination. It indicates that youngsters usually see and assessment their paintings another way from adults, and that measures directed opposed to kid's paintings are usually not continually within the pursuits of the kids. It argues for a brand new, subject-oriented technique in facing kid's paintings, which takes account of socio-cultural contexts, either in idea and perform.

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The working children’s organizations generally come into being in an urban context and under the influence of the spread (in the media and in education) of ‘new’ ideas about individual and social ‘human rights’ in general and about such rights for children in particular. At the same time they react to conditions that first came about with the spread of capitalism and led to new forms of the ‘survival economy’ in the ‘peripheral’ societies of the Third World, in which children play an important part.

These analyses were to produce comparable information on the living conditions of ‘minors in particularly difficult circumstances of life’ (UNICEF), which also included working children. The analyses were to be based on guidelines set out in a Methodological Guide. A successful example of this is the study by Espinoza and Glauser et al. (1987), which was able to acquire important data on the living conditions of working children with its situation analysis. A new joint initiative of the ILO, UNICEF and the World Bank – called ‘Developing New Strategies for Understanding Children’s Work and Its  |   Impact’ – aims to improve child labour research, data collection and analysis, to enhance local and national capacity for research and to improve the evaluation of interventions.

The contribution of children’s organizations to social transformation not only takes the form of publicly proclaimed proposals and demands. At least as important is the fact that children’s organizations contribute by means of their own initiatives and projects to the improvement of the living conditions of working children. Mutual support in emergencies is widespread, for example when a child is seriously ill and urgently needs money for medical treatment, or when a child finds itself alone and in need of a new home after the sudden death of his or her mother.

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