Child labour in Myanmar

  • Aye Aye Khine, Ping Non / PhotoDoc

In Myanmar, school is mandatory until 14 and - as per the Child Rights Law - no child under 14 years is legally permitted to work and hazardous work is also prohibited for anyone under 18-years-old.

Yet, one in every 11 children in Myanmar is deprived of their childhood, health and education.

The ILO works with partners at every level — from the village to the global stage — to eradicate child labour, boosting compliance with international standards, strengthening capacity, implementing local initiatives and advocating for change.
  1. 2021: A year of action

    The UN has urged the international community to step up efforts to eradicate child labour, and declared 2021 as the Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

  2. Our programme

    The ILO's Myanmar Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (My-PEC) is tackling child labour by increasing awareness, improving legislation and strengthening national and local capacity.

In their own words

The ILO has partnered with PhotoDoc to train young people and emerging journalists in documentary skills, enabling them to tell the stories of child labourers in Myanmar – their struggles, as well as their strength and dreams. Watch the short videos below for firsthand insight into the issues.