A comparison of the existence of child labour in developing countries today with its historical use in the coal and iron industries in Blaenavon in Victorian Wales. Features a discussion on the issue with the MP Paul Murphy, following on from news reports highlighting the problem.
As a class, discuss the concept of globalisation and research a large Multinational Corporation (MNC) to examine where it sources and manufactures products. Students could investigate news coverage of the May 2013 clothing factory collapse in Dhaka to compare the lifestyles of young workers in this industry with their own lives. Use as a stimulus for discussion around children’s rights, referring to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.