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Gary Craig

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426109

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.001.0001

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Preventing child trafficking in India: the role of education

Preventing child trafficking in India: the role of education

(p.163) nine Preventing child trafficking in India: the role of education
Child slavery now

Aliperti Jason

Aliperti Patricia

Policy Press

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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