Child labour and the youth decent work deficit in Ghana

Author(s) : UCW
Abstract : The current Report examines the related issues of child labour and youth employment in the context of Ghana. Guided by observed outcomes in terms of schooling, work activities and status in the labour market, the report considers the economic as well as the social determinants of child labour and youth employment. The sixth round of the Ghana Living Standards Survey 2012 (GLSS 6, 2012) is the primary data source for the report. Data from this survey permit a comprehensive and nationally-representative picture of the child labour and youth employment situations. The fifth round of the Ghana Living Standards Survey 2005 (GLS 5, 2005) is used to discuss the trends of child labour and youth employment. Evidence presented in this report indicates that 1.9 million Ghanaian children remain trapped in child labour. Of even greater concern, the evidence points to a very substantial increase in children’s work in recent years, contrary to the regional and global child labour trends. At the same time, young persons in the 15-34 years age range are concentrated overwhelmingly in low skill jobs in the informal economy that offer little prospect for advancement or for escaping poverty and exploitation.
Year : 2016
Country : Ghana
Publisher : - -
Source : UCW Country Studies
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