Dignity or Indignity of Labour: Tales of Child Labourers on a Nigerian Street

Saheed Olanrewaju Jabaar


This research delves into the nature, and socio-economic conditions of child labourers in Fagge Local Government Area, Kano State, Nigeria. Employing an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), the study aims at uncovering the root causes, characteristics, and potential solutions to child labor in the specified region. Four specific objectives guide the research: 1) identifying the causes of child labor, 2) understanding the nature of child labor, 3) exploring the socio-economic conditions of children engaged in labour, and 4) proposing strategies to eliminate child labour. The study, based on qualitative data gathered from ten child labourers in Fagge Local Government Area, reveals that extreme poverty and the pursuit of survival drive children into labor. Surprisingly, the participants derive a sense of dignity from their work, viewing it as a preferable alternative to begging or stealing. The findings also underscore the sacrifice of education for work, not due to a lack of awareness of its value, but rather stemming from the impoverished socio-economic conditions of parents. A critical revelation is the absence of statistical records and social intervention programmes on child labour in the study area, highlighting the need for increased public awareness, robust social interventions, and stringent law enforcement to combat the menace of child labour. This research contributes to the discourse on child labour in Nigeria, offering insights into the lived experiences of those directly affected and proposing holistic strategies for eradication.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22158/jecs.v8n2p1


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