June 12 is the UN World Day Against Child Labor. Many of your friends and family probably don't know that child labor exists today.
Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative started working in the slums of Mumbai in 1994 with the mission of “Every Child in School and Learning Well,” focusing on making quality education accessible to all children. While working on this mission, Pratham came across many children who were found to be in different kinds of difficult circumstances. Many of the children in the city worked as child laborers in industries like zari, leather, gold polishing, hotels, rag pickers and some of them were street children, child beggars on signals and railway platforms. This led to a grim realization that the goal of universalization of primary education and ‘every child in school’ could not be achieved without reaching out to these vulnerable children who were not only victims of fate but also victims of neglect. Today the outreach program is operational in eight major states in India, and this growing network is known as Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC).