Post Graduate Diploma on Child Labour - With the opening up of markets, dramatic expansions in science and technology, urban infrastructure, and growing number of people whose increasing incomes fulfill their modern aspirations, South Asia has firmly established itself on the world map. Yet, major social concerns continue to plague the South Asian countries. Among them is South Asia's dismal record of child rights. It continues to be home to the world's largest number of child workers, in spite of several efforts being made to eliminate it. Based on officially available statistics, it is estimated that there are 21.6 million children, aged between 5 and 14 years, working in South Asia out of a total of 300 million children in this age group. Poverty is considered as one of the key reasons for the exceedingly high proportion of child workers in South Asia. It has been widely noted that these children often untrained, work in hazardous conditions and are thus vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Children work in the unorganized sector, where labour conditions are unregulated.
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