Open Equal Free
Education. Development.
Be A Hero

Ed News

August 29, 2013

Human Rights Watch Reports on Child Labor in Tanzania

Children in Makunduchi VillageHuman Rights Watch has released a report on the situation of child laborers in gold mines in Tanzania. The report details the hazards children face working in the mines, and calls on the international community and the Tanzanian government to end the practice.

According to the 96-page report, thousands of children as young as eight years old work in Tanzania’s gold mines, toiling in underground pits for up to 24 hours at a time. Children carry heavy loads and operate dangerous equipment, risking injury or death. Often they breathe in toxic mercury fumes, exposure to which can cause long-term health problems, including brain damage. Additionally, young girls working in or near mines often face sexual abuse and exploitation.

Teachers interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that school performance decreases when a mine opens nearby, and children often skip class to work at the mine.

One boy, working at a mine in the town of Geita, told an interviewer that “It is difficult to combine mining and school. I don’t get time to go through tutoring. I wonder about the mine, it distracts me… One day… I fell sick [after mining and missed classes]. I had pain all over my body.”

The Tanzanian government has vowed to end child labor in mines, but according to report, it is not doing enough.

“On paper, Tanzania has strong laws prohibiting child labor in mining, but the government has done far too little to enforce them,” says Janine Morna, a Human Rights Watch researcher.

The report calls for the government and international donors to expand secondary schools and vocational training to steer children away from mines. It also calls for the gold industry to be held responsible for ensuring that it does not benefit from child labor.

The full Human Rights Watch report can be read here.

Creative Commons Love: iammajki on

Spread the word!


Written by:

Carla Drumhiller
Carla Drumhiller



More Than 100 Schoolgirls Abducted in Nigeria

More than 100 female students have been abducted from a school in the state of Borno in northeastern Nigeria. Militant Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram is suspected to have caused the attack. Gunmen reportedly entered...
by Carla Drumhiller


Exhaustion and Hunger Afflict Central African Refugees Arriving in Cameroon

The conflict in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) has displaced nearly 1 million of the country’s 4.6 million people. Of these, 300 thousand have fled the country while 650 thousand have been displaced within the coun...
by Amanda Lubit


FIFA Ruling Increases Inclusion of Girls and Women in Football

In March 2013, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced its long-awaited decision allowing both male and female players to wear religious head coverings in international football competitions. This d...
by Amanda Lubit



Senegal’s Major Problem With Forced Child Begging

While Senegal has attempted to address some of its huge number of impoverished families with healthcare funding, many of its children are still suffering in school. Human Rights Watch reported on March 19 that many children in ...
by Alex Leedom


ICC Fails to Convict Congolese Warlord on Sexual Violence and the Use of Child Soldiers

On March 7, 2014 Germain Katanga’s trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) came to an end. In response to crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003, Katanga was found guilty of war crimes in...
by Amanda Lubit


Bilingual Educational System in Morocco Frustrates, Disadvantages Students

Morocco has recently undertaken a concerted program of education reform—taking loans from the World Bank for development, founding an education and training center for women, and creating a plan to promote women’s rights, a...
by Alex Leedom



Yemen Talks Coordination on Higher Education with other Arab Nations

Yemeni Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hisham Sharaf met in Riyadh on Friday, March 14 with his Moroccan counterpart, Soumia Bankhaldoun to discuss cooperation on higher education between the two countries....
by Alex Leedom


“All Children Reading” Grant Competition to Fund Literacy Programs

In developing countries, one child out of every four remains illiterate. To facilitate literacy efforts, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with the Australian government and World Vision to announc...
by Amanda Lubit


Teachers Strike Delays Start of School Year in Argentina

In response to recent inflation, teachers unions in Argentina demanded a pay increase of approximately 35% for their members. Without an agreement between unions and the government, teachers went on strike on March 5th, postpon...
by Amanda Lubit