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Volume 6 Issue 1 - August 31, 2012

Re-Examining the Education-Child Labour Nexus: The Case of Child Miners at Kenyasi, Ghana

Samuel Okyere

This article contributes to the debate on the linkages between education and child labour. It draws on evidence from ethnographic fieldwork conducted with 57 children working at an artisanal gold mining site at Kenyasi, Ghana. The paper has no disagreements with the often stated views that quality can play an important role in child labour preventative efforts, and that child labour can impact negatively on children’s education. However, it calls for more complex readings of the correlation between child labour and education because in some instances, the feedback is not entirely negative.