Investigating child labor is an assignment Scholastic News Zone
editors take very seriously. To provide our readers with the most
accurate and thorough coverage, Scholastic News Zone has partnered
up with In the Best Interest of Children (ITBIOC), a project dedicated
to combating child labor.
Most of the research and photos on child labor were developed as part
of the International Labor Rights Fund's Project, In the Best
Interests of Children: Promoting Solutions to the Child Labor
Problem. The Project is funded in major part by the U.S. Department
Last year, ITBIOC's filmmakers will traveled to India,
Indonesia, and Mexico. There, they documented
the lives of children forced to work to support themselves and
their families. This year they are filming in Brazil, Kenya, and the U.S. These children's stories will be made into a documentary
filmStolen Childhoodsscheduled to be released
by the end of the year.
"We hope people will be able to identify with these kidsthat
they aren't just some kids in a foreign country whom we don't
know," says Pharis Harvey, executive director of The International
Labor Rights Fund. "These are our children. They are the future
of our planet. We have an obligation to help."
ITBIOC is a collaboration among Galen Films, Romano Productions,
The International Labor Rights Fund, and The National Consumers
League. The project also plans to produce a book, a Web site,
educational pamphlets, and public service announcements.