Child labor practices and emotional aspects on children in Jinja District

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social sciences.
Child labor is often referred to as work that is done by children which restricts or damages their physical, emotional, intellectual, social or spiritual growth. The study was guided by the theory of emotional which is also known as the psych-evolutionary and it is one of the most influential classification approaches for general emotional responses. In addition, three objectives guided the study, which were: to examine the factors influencing child labor in Jinja district, to analyze the emotional challenges affecting children in Jinja district, and to examine the impact of child labor on the wellbeing of children in Jinja district. The research employed the descriptive survey design and qualitative research approach, with a sample size of 50 respondents. Data analysis was done through assessing the information collected from the field. The study found that there were five major factors influencing child labor in Jinja District which included: traditional customs, inadequate schools and quality of education, poverty, high demand for cheap labor, high demand for unskilled labor and inefficient implementation of anti-child labor policies. The study concluded that child labor is still a big threat to the development of Jinja district, being influenced largely by traditional customs, inadequate schools and quality education, poverty, high demand of cheap labor. Lastly the impact of child labor on the wellbeing of children in Jinja district has more negative consequences than positive as most of the children lack guarantee for good health and safety. Finally this study recommended that the government of Uganda through the local governments and other stakeholders should embark on community sensitization to foster knowledge on the dangers of child labor and the state should sensitize the public on the importance of counseling services to foster the upbringing of traumatized children by their parents/caregivers. The government should also permit children to officially work but under strict supervision of the employers and in healthy environment working with safety guards.
A thesis submitted to the college of humanities and social sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirement ‘s for a Degree of Master of Human Rights and Development Studies of Kampala International University
Child labor practices, Emotional aspects, Children, Jinja District