A critical analysis of the law relating to children with disabilities in Uganda

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Kampala International University; School of Law
This research gives a clear and comprehensive coverage of how disabled children's rights can be protected under the local and the international laws. Working children are the objects of extreme exploitation in terms of toiling for long hours for minimal pay. Their work conditions are especially severe, often not providing the stimulation for proper physical and mental development. Research revealed that many of these disabled children endure lives of pure deprivation. However, there are problems with the intuitive solution of immediately abolishing child labor to prevent such abuse. There must be an economic change in the condition of a struggling family to free a child from the responsibility of working. Family subsidies can help provide this support. Child labor is especially prevalent in rural areas where the capacity to enforce minimum age requirements for schooling and work is lacking. Disabled children work for a variety of reasons, such as poverty and the induced pressure upon them to escape from this plight. Though children are not well paid, they still serve as major contributors to family income in developing countries like Uganda. Schooling problems also contribute to child labor, whether it is the inaccessibility of schools or the lack of quality education which spurs parents to enter their children in more profitable pursuits. Traditional factors such as rigid cultural and social roles in Uganda further limit educational attainment and increase child labor. Therefore, the research recommends that the fundamental rights of disabled children be put into consideration by the government, stakeholders and civil society groups. This is objectively an important factor that will help enact more laws and policies to take care of their interests and rights.
A research dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of the Degree of Bachelor of Laws of Kampala International University
Critical analysis, Law relating to children with disabilities, Uganda