Malawi Study Shows Negative Effects of Child Labour
A 2008 Malawi baseline survey showed that among all children engaged in child labour:
- 12% were injured or sick because of work.
- 24% were exposed to hazardous work such as carrying heavy loads, performing work that could cause injury or sickness, applying chemicals, or working more than 43 hours per week.
- 8% were out of school because of work, or their schooling was affected by work. The percentage rose to 10% for children ages 6-14 and 14% for 12-14 year olds from tobacco-growing families.
- 16% of parents said their children were out of school because of an inability to pay educational fees and buy materials, such as uniforms and shoes. Illness was the main reason given by children for school absenteeism.