Futures in Peril: The Rise of Child Labor in the Pandemic

With schools closed and families desperate for income, millions of children are being forced into work that is often dangerous, arduous and illegal.

It is a catastrophic shift for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, undoing years of gains for education and against child labor, and undermining their prospects of climbing out of poverty. Countless promising students have had their educations cut short, and it remains unclear when schools will reopen. But even when they do, many of the children are unlikely to go back to the classroom.