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Why is child labour an important issue for consumers? Lesson 5 of 6

Key stage 3 (ages 11-14) • Sustainability • Lesson and support materials

Why is child labour an important issue for consumers?

This lesson is part 5 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: How can we be informed consumers?

Building on what they have learnt about human rights and workers in the clothing industry, students focus on child labour and children’s rights. Through case studies, they explore how child labour denies children their rights under the CRC. They look at the role of legislation in the UK and internationally in relation to children working. At the end of the lesson, they consider what consumers can do to try to prevent child labour.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. How do laws in the UK protect children in work?
  2. How does child labour deny children their rights?
  3. Why is child labour still such a problem, despite legislation?
  4. What can we do as consumers?
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