Child Rights in Sri Lanka
Against a backdrop of civil conflict and natural disasters, Sri Lanka has done well to advance the situation of children across the country including action to address child labour - yet challenges persist. Today 2.3% of the country’s 4.5 million children are working, half of which are engaged in child labour and some engage in the worst forms of child labour.
As many as 85% of Sri Lanka’s working children reside in rural areas and the majority of them work within the service sector. They are often in precarious conditions that harm their health and safety. A Child Rights risk assessment of Sri Lanka's tea industry carried out by The Centre for Save the Children in 2020 found that child labour, low wages of parents, poor living conditions and lack of day-care among others, all pose risks to children linked to the agricultural sector. Working children also face challenges accessing education, with only 39% of them attending school in 2016.
Supporting You in Sri Lanka
Through our close partnership with Save the Children Sri Lanka, The Centre is working with businesses in the tea sector to conduct child rights and risk assessments to help different actors along the team supply chain deepen their understanding of child rights risks in plantation settings. All of The Centre’s services are available in Sri Lanka.
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