goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
When he was 12 years old, Craig Kielburger read a newspaper story that changed his life. Another 12-year-old boy, Iqbal Masih in Pakistan, had been murdered for bringing the world's attention to the terrible conditions endured by children working in the carpet-making industry. "I saw him as a hero for speaking out about child labor," says Kielburger." I suddenly understood that a young person can make a difference." Kielburger set out to educate himself about human rights, and became so passionate about it that his parents reluctantly allowed him to accompany Alam Rahman, a Canadian human rights worker, on a trip through South Asia. There Kielburger saw, first-hand, the personal horrors behind child labor issues. He wrote about this experience in a book Free The Children. Kielburger came home to Canada determined to find some way to help the children he had met. With a group of friends, 12-year-old Kielburger founded Kids Can Free The Children, which is now called the WE Movement.
To learn more about Craig and the WE Movement and their accomplishments, check out the following sources.
It Takes a Child
BOOKS BY CRAIG
TEACHING GLOBAL GOAL 8: DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH
Children's Literature resources
Chocolate The Bitter Truth, BBC Panorama Investigation
Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour, Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon poses as a cocoa dealer to uncover the extent of child labour in the chocolate trade.
My Fairtrade Adventure
Follow Tayna, a 13 year old student from London as she visits the Dominican Republic to meet cocoa farmers, find out how cocoa is produced and see the impact of Fairtrade.
World Vision Child Labour
This video explores child labour through the personal story of a young Cambodian girl named Pharady. Learn how family debt and poverty have forced her to grow up and bear the burden of family responsibility.
Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child
For five years, young Emmanuel Jal fought as a child soldier in the Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker, he's become an international hip-hop star and an activist for kids in war zones. In words and lyrics, he tells the story of his amazing life.
ABCs of Child Labor...15 products touched by child labor and child slavery. How many do you use?
Engaging kids tell us about the the wide range of products that 168 million children trapped in child labor produce.
END IT: Shine a Light on Slavery
Slavery still exists. We want every man, woman and child to know that there are 27 million men, women and children, just like them, living in the shadows. Let's shine a light on slavery and END IT.
Emmanuel Jal: War Child [documentary]
For hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan's brutal civil war, his lyrics are hardly empty posturing. They are the bitter reality of a young man who was forged in the crucible of one of the world's most cruel wars. A visiting film crew discovered the eloquent and self possessed 7 year old refugee.
Learning about SDG 8
The jobs and economy of the future will be urban. By 2030, 60% of the global population will live in cities.To ensure decent work and economic growth, local leaders face many challenges, including youth unemployment, informal labor, child and forced labor, and the gender pay gap. Many local governments are already taking action!
Tipping the balance (what is Fairtrade?)
Tipping the balance is a short animation explaining how Fairtrade works and helping to dispel some common misconceptions. Fronted by Bernadette and Carlos, two personable bananas, they take us on a journey mixing animation with live footage to discover what being a Fairtrade banana is all about.
The Dark Side Of Chocolate [Full Documentary]
While we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate, the reality is strikingly different for African children. The Dark Side of Chocolate is a documentary film about the exploitation and slave trading of African children to harvest chocolate still occurring nearly ten years after the cocoa industry pledged to end it. Almost a decade after the chocolate companies, concerned governments and specially foundations spent millions of dollars in an effort to eradicate child labor and trafficking in the international cocoa trade, has anything changed? Miki Mistrati and U Roberto Romano launch a behind-the-scenes investigation and verify if these allegations of child labor in the chocolate industry are present today.
The Child Labour Experiment
Five children from Berlin did the unthinkable: They approached international fashion brands voluntarily to ask for a job. Why? Millions of children work in the textile supply chains worldwide. What is commonplace in the developing countries of the world often seems unimaginable in our society. In order to expose this double standard within the fashion industry, we carried out a field test.