National Yemen

Yemeni children in schools

BY NY Staff

Initial results of the first national survey of its kind have shown that more than 1.3 million Yemeni children are working in some capacity. The survey also found that around 469,000 children between the ages of five and eleven years of age – a large portion of them girls – are working.

“A severe decrease in the percentage of children attending school is reflected in the child employment findings,” added an author of the study.

The study defined a working child as any who works before reaching 14 years of age – or any child between the ages of 14 and 17 who works for more than 30 hours weekly or who is involved in a dangerous job.

Frank Hajeman, Vice President of Arab Countries in the International Working Organization, stated that working at such an early age deprives children of reaching their potential.

“It also strips away their dignity and childhoods and has negative effects on their physical and mental growth,” Hajeman said.

According to the study, poverty is the first cause of this phenomenon, followed by the unavailability of employment opportunities for university graduates.

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