HomeMMSU CTE Research Journalvol. 2 no. 1 (2002)

Stolen Childhood: The Case of Children Working in Agriculture

Candelaria D. Garo | Eliza T. Samson | Ligaya B. Diculen | Irol Frances L. Deus | Edna C. Nagtalon | Carmenchita H. Coloma



This research was conceptualized with several questions in mind. For instance, is the plight of children working in agriculture given due concern? Are there labor laws governing their involvement in the field at a young and vulnerable age? Are there guidelines given to parents who require their participation in the farm? And what has the educational sector done to assist these children grow normal lives despite the fact that those who pushed them to work are no less than their parents?  

Psychologists say that the most critical age of development is during the childhood age. This is the time when the psychological, physiological, mental and emotional growth and development are at their most delicate states. The growing child must be afforded all the basic needs including adequate rest and sleep, recreation and play so that his growth will not be prejudiced. But the question is, can these needs  be met when at an early age the children of     farmers are already exposed to the harsh realities of life?. They are robbed off their childhood days, which ideally should be filled with fun and enjoyment.

Generally, this paper aimed to look into the plight of children working in agriculture especially those who work in family farming enterprises.