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Said Farah-Ceh

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Working children: should we prohibit, permit or promote it.

For many years various international institutions (such as Unesco or the goverment) have fought against child labor, saying it is a way to exploit them. But since 1976 in Peru there is an organization of children and adolescents who are clamoring for their right to work, ensuring that through work they can get different skills, knowledge and social abilities.

* What is your personal position on this issue that concerns us all, in one way or another?
* If you were the minister of labor in your country, what position would you have to child labor.


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    Jul 8 2012: I think even at the age of 12 a child has a sufficient level of maturity to decide for themselves what needs to be done, the role of the government is to project advice on those children who may lack it from having ill-informed parents, but it should never force you to not work should you desire it or need it (the reality of this life is there are families who need every source of income to support itself, even a working child, as my own father's family).

    As a minister of labor, I would think its wise to dedicate a portion of the ministry's funding solely for those who are underage, from professional training to educational programs regarding their rights

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