In Pictures: A Typical Day For Some Children In Rural Communities In Nigeria

In commemoration of today’s World Against Child Labour, RuralReporters.com highlights how a typical day looks like for some children in rural Nigeria.

About 215 million children continue to suffer from  forced labour and other social insecurities at the home-front and in the society. We hope that governments of all nations and stakeholders will take proactive action by extending social protection for children and end child labour by reducing poverty to the barest minimum in their communities.

A group of children studying in a classroom in a rural community in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria

A group of children studying in a classroom in a rural community in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria

Lagos: Secondary students coming back from school. The street dump-site is a threat to children's health.

Lagos: Secondary students coming back from school. The street dump-site is a threat to children’s health.

After school hours, a group of young girls hawk vegetables and other food commodity in preparation for dinner.

After school hours, a group of young girls hawk vegetables and other food commodity in preparation for dinner.

School is in session at this time. These children create their own haven.

School is in session at this time. These children create their own haven.

Students being chastised for not paying their school fees.

Students being chastised for not paying their school fees.

Child labour? A boy working as a vulcanizer (apprentice) at college road, ogba, Nigeria.

Child labour? A boy working as a vulcanizer (apprentice) at college road, ogba, Nigeria.

A teenager sells Sachet water to commuters at a motor park in Ogun state, Nigeria.

A teenager sells Sachet water to commuters at a motor park in Ogun state, Nigeria.

A teenager helping her mother to sell fish by the road side. Children are often encouraged to venture into business early to support family finances.

A teenager helping her mother to sell fish by the road side. Children are often encouraged to venture into business early to support family finances.

The girl-child is often exposed sexual harassment, rape and other violence in the process of hawking on the street.

The girl-child is often exposed sexual harassment, rape and other violence in the process of hawking on the street.

A priceless item of clothing.

A priceless item of clothing.

Child-Scavenger:  He picks up leftover left by youth corp members in Akwa Ibom camp.

Child-Scavenger: He picks up used items left by youth corp members in Akwa Ibom camp.

A group of children learning Taekwondo at a stadium in Akwa-Ibom, Nigeria.

A group of children learning Taekwondo at a stadium in Akwa-Ibom, Nigeria.

Spot the difference in their appearance: Children often attend school without footwear in some communities in Nigeria.

Spot the difference: Children often attend school without footwear in some communities in Nigeria.

Students offer prayer during an after-school assembly.

Students offer prayer during an after-school assembly.

Creative broom? Students sweep the school compound before Assembly commenced in a rural school.

Creative broom? Student sweeps the school compound after school.

Child hawking snacks to make ends meet

Child hawking snacks to make ends meet.

We leave you with this-- caption it!

We leave you with this– caption it!

 

Busayo Sotunde is a prolific writer with special focus on Business, Entrepreneurship, Reproductive Health and other development issues in Africa. Her articles have been published by different outlets including Investing Port and Ventures-Africa.com. She has a penchant for reading and sustainable development. Follow Busayo on Twitter @BusayomiSotunde

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