For the next 10 weeks I will be living in Patan, near Kathmandu and supporting the implementation of a teaching and learning programme which is under the process of being established in local brick making factories.
Brick making is a form of seasonal employment, usually lasting from October to May. During brick making season, migrant workers and their families leave their communities, and travel to the brick kilns of Kathmandu Valley, where they work and reside for half of the year.
Due to their families migration, children of brick makers are required to discontinue their education in their community schools. The lucrative nature of brick making means that almost every family member is engaged in one or more elements of the brick making process. Therefore, cases of child labour in brick kilns are not uncommon. Experts estimate that up to 65,000 children are working in brick kilns across Nepal, half of whom are under 14 (HERD, 2017).