Human rights and social justice...
Let's end child labour
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. (extracted from UN World Day Against Child Labour)
THE POWER OF MANY ONES by J.P. (iCUBED.us student writer) ... published on 22 Nov 2007
Samuel Huntington, the author of “The Clash of Civilizations”, calls migration the utmost central issue of our time as developed countries face the problem of declining populations whilst the developing world struggles with immense population increase, intensifying the poverty challenge. This has many repercussions in the area of international labor and migration regulations. For example, there is a huge problem of a ‘brain drain’ – in Jamaica, more than five doctors must be trained just to keep one. That stagnates the social development of the country, as those that excelled in the educational system do not reciprocate the governmental spending in that sector. Furthermore, due to the dangerous fusion of overpopulation and poverty in developing countries, on top of the increased restrictions on legal immigration standards, many families have resorted to sustaining a starkly basic lifestyle through human smuggling and trafficking . . . Craig Kielberger, in his book “Free the Children” wrote, “Children working in the carpet industry often suffer from many health problems. These include breathing difficulties from inhaling the carpet fibers, arthritis in their fingers from tying the tiny knots, and growth deformities from working hunched over their looms for so long every day”. (read Amazon review)
In math, if any number is raised to the power of one, nothing changes. The base remains the same, almost indifferent to the effect of the one that is placed on top of it. However, once that one is able to realize that, it adds itself to another one to create two. Together, the base raised to the power of two – the cumulative effort of two ones was able to increase it by an overwhelming amount. Continuing that pattern of adding ones will grow the base infinitely – a testament to the power of the many ones.
In biology, an enzyme is a powerful protein molecule, but it is useless as a single entity and can only demonstrate its strength when it is bonded to a substrate. Just like us–we’re all single entities, we’re all individuals; but regardless of whether the problem has to do with the environment or child slavery, you will realize that the only way to see your vision become reality is to join together and unite in determination for that cause. Craig Kielberger himself had realized that. In “Free the Children” he elaborates on the importance of supportive individuals that enabled the starting and running of his organization. Finally, there will be a time when you are witnessing the beginnings of change you and other individuals have been cumulatively fighting to develop; and it is then that you will feel the sheer power of one. READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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