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Faces of Nepal

Childhood is the foundation stone upon which stands the whole life structure. The seed sown in childhood blossoms into the tree of life (Mahatma Ghandi).

Child labour is a significant component of the workforce in Nepal. Nepali children stay at school for up to 12 years. They start at the age of four. Seventy percent of the children will begin school but only seven percent will reach their 10th school year due to poverty. They are taken out of school to care for their little brothers and sisters or have to work as carriers of wood, fodder or water. The percentage is about the same for boys and girls. Many villages only have a primary school which means children either have to walk long distances every day or board in a bigger town to attend secondary school. One thing is for sure : they all are very eager to learn.

 

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Taken on February 12, 2008