Project information

Sustainable elimination of Child Labour

To combat some of the most dangerous forms of child labour in Bangladesh, where children are living and working in horrific conditions in small shoes factories. We campaign to release children from labour and provide them with support and an education at our LfL schools.

June 2011 - May 2014

Charity information

Learning For Life Uk Limited

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  • Need


    Over 3,200 children work long hours, sometimes more than 12 hours a day, in small shoe factories in Bangladesh. The factories are cramped, dark and poorly ventilated. Children, who also sleep there, frequently suffer from injuries and glue inhalation and many suffer physical and sexual abuse at the hands of employers.


    We are advocating for the release of children from dangerous labour, and supporting their reintegration into their family, community and schools. We campaign with factory owners, parents, and the wider community, educating them on the dangers and illegality of child labour. Families are incentivised to send their children to school through the provision of vocation training and income generation support. Ex-child labours attend our supportive catch-up schools where they receive counselling.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To release over 500 children from labour in the shoes factories.


    » Advocate with the factory owners and parents so that they understand the negative impact and illegality of child labour.

    Success will be 500 ex-child labourers completing their education at our catch-up centers.

    Aim 2

    To educate and sensitize entire communities on the dangers and illegalities of child labour


    » A popular dance and music group put on special performances in public spaces which demonstrate an anti-child labour message in an accessible way

    Success will be 70% of the community understand child rights and can explain the dangers and illegalities involved.

    Aim 3

    To provide good quality and relevant education to the ex-child labourers in a supportive environment


    » We have set up catch-up education centers which provide a good quality, relevant and child-friendly education
    » Children receive counselling, regular health check-ups and healthcare. The school environments are fun, playful and supportive.

    Success will be 100% of children passing the national exams and moving into mainstream schools to continue their education.

    Aim 4

    To incentivize parents to send their children to school by offering them vocational training


    » Many parents send their children to work because of extreme poverty. We train parents with the skills they need to increase they income.

    Success will be the families of the ex-child labourers living free from extreme poverty with enough income to support the household with sending children to work.

  • Impact


    Shoe factory owners will no longer employ children in the project area and the entire community will understand the negative impact of child labour and actively discourage it. Parents will understand the importance of education. We will measure for a consistent reduction in the worst forms of child labour in all industries in our project area.


    We have a detailed plan of possible risks, how we will minimize risks, and how we will deal with a problem if it should arise. Our partners have been working in Bangladesh for a long time and are extremely experienced and capable working in that environment and culture.


    POPI will prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports that will be submitted to LfL and to our donors. LfL will also publiize the progress and success of the project via social media, websiet and newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £629,601

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      Amount Heading Description
      £102,470 Set up Setting up project and services (3 years)
      £341,911 Running costs Running services (3 years)
      £42,968 Management Including administration (3 years)
      £63,834 M&E and training Monitoring and evaluation and training (3 years)
      £78,418 Technical costs Technological costs, website construction etc (3 years)
  • Background


    Bhairab in Bangladesh is extremely poor with 23-32% of the population living below the poverty line. The culmination of low income and poor literacy rates mean that parents feel they have no choice but to send children to work, despite evidence that this does not improve long-term family livelihood levels. Indeed children are deprived of further income-generating capacities and their lifetime earning ability is reduced by 13-20%.


    500 children from desperately poor families will directly benefit from this project, which will release them from dangerous and inhumane living conditions and, by giving them an education, give them hope for a dignified and poverty-free future. In addition, families will benefit from income generation support, and factory owners, government officials and whole communities will also benefit from child-rights training and sensitization.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working with some of the poorest communities in South Asia since 1994, and have a proven track record of delivering effective and innovative projects that are sustainable and meet the real needs of the people. We run this project with our trusted local partner POPI which was founded in 1986 and has established an excellent reputation for providing quality, efficient and community centred development programmes across Bangladesh.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rokunuz Zaman

    Mr Zaman has been working int he development sector for over 30 years and is vital to the conception and success of the projects.