Naila Kabeer, Geetha B. Nambissan, and Ramya Subrahmanian. Child Labour and the Right to Education in South Asia: Needs versus Rights? New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2003. 412 pages. Paperback. Indian Rs 365.00.

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The volume is based on the proceedings of a workshop,
organised on the issue of child labour and the right to education. The
studies in the volume reflect on topics related to the problems of
universalising education in South Asia. All the studies are based on the
experience of either Bangladesh or India, with the exception of one or
two studies where a comparison with other South Asian countries is
considered. The problem of child labour is quite widespread in South
Asia and that has prevented children in these societies from
participating in schooling. At the same time, there are children who are
neither at school nor at work. The reason identified for this is not
only poverty but also the school system, as well as discrimination on
the basis of caste, gender, tribal, or religious reasons. The volume
generally examines the patterns of social discrimination and how this
problem has been aggravated by the formal educational system. It also
reflects on policy interventions addressing the problem—the efforts by
the government, on the one hand, and by the non-governmental
organisations, on the other.

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