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Preventing child trafficking in India: the role of education

Aliperti Jason and Aliperti Patricia

in Child slavery now

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.003.0010
Preventing child trafficking in India: the role of education

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This chapter explores how education for all children can eradicate child trafficking in India. There are international conventions covering the issue of education, notably in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, but while most countries, such as India, have signed up to these, in practice the desire of parents to send their children to school, thus opening up opportunities to better themselves, is overwhelmed by major structural factors such as family poverty, illiteracy, and the cultural and historical ties of debt bondage. The chapter's approach to education is based on the Freirian concept of critical pedagogy, which views education as empowerment and the development of critical consciousness, illustrated through case studies collected in a fieldwork study. Using these case studies, the chapter examines how critical consciousness can be developed to confront factors making villages more prone to child trafficking. It also considers labour exploitation in India, forms of oppression and the need for conscientisation in villages, and conscientisation of children from Bal Ashram.

Keywords: India; child trafficking; education; critical pedagogy; empowerment; critical consciousness; villages; conscientisation; children; Bal Ashram

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