The Kundapur declaration

These principles were agreed by representatives of working children’s organisations from Africa, Asia and Latin America at the first International Meeting of Working Children in Kundapur, Karnataka, in 1996.

  • We want recognition for our initiatives, suggestions and organization processes.
  • We are against the boycott of products made by children.
  • We want respect and safety for our work.
  • We want an education with methods adequate to our situation.
  • We want professional training suited for our context.
  • We want to hace access to good health system.
  • We want to be consulted for any decision that affects us, whether local, national or international.
  • We want a fight to be initiated against the reasons that are at the origin of our situation and first of all poverty.
  • We want more initiatives in rural areas so that children don’t have to go to the city.
  • We are against the exploitation of our labour, but we are in favour of a dignifying job with a schedule suited for our education and spare time.

  • When you look into a child’s eyes you expect to see hope, trust and innocence; but when you see these signs of childhood are replaced by betrayal, hunger, fear & suspicion, we need to take a serious stock of ourselves and the society we have created.

    - Nandana Reddy | CWC

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