The International Journal of Children’s Rights 6: 155–177, 1998. © 1998 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 155 Child work and education in Latin America MARÍA CRISTINA SALAZAR National University of Colombia and Defence for Children International – Colombia A quick overview This paper refers to the relationship between child work and education in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru, countries which aspire – like others in the region – to balanced, equitable, and sustainable development, with benefits that should be widely shared. Unfortunately, economic growth in the region has resulted too often in maldistribution of means and fruits of development between and among classes, cities and countrysides, and the indispensable natural resource base has been damaged or pilfered. Only too late is it recognized that the stability arising from a more balanced and equitable development is important for general social progress. For example, a strategy for alleviation of rural poverty and for fostering rural economic growth must confront a history of neglect which has led to extreme poverty, and to marginality as well as to exploitation of children, as shown in many studies since 1990. Lack of attention to education by most Latin American governments has
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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