215 million. That's the number of children currently working, according to the International Labor Organization, as domestic workers, street vendors, beggars, washers, in both the semi-formal and informal sectors of the economy.
Laws are not enough to end child labor -- we see that every time a new factory is found filled with children who should be in school. But making progress against child labor must begin with banning it.
In October 2012, when Hershey's announced it would "certify" all its cocoa by 2020, the corporate candy giant received lukewarm applause for finally publically acknowledging its sourcing of cocoa from plantations that exploit child labor.
More than 380 families lived for generations under a bridge southeast of downtown. Now scattered across the city, the families say that several children are missing and that they fear human traffickers have kidnapped them to sell their organs for profit.
Just 72 hours ago in the Indian capital of Delhi 14 children were freed from slave labour. They were being held in dark, insanitary conditions and forced to work for up to 15 hours a day making Christmas decorations.
Education across the world must be a priority for us all -- an economic and of course a moral necessity. The challenge is not insurmountable; we know how to build schools and how to train teachers. And so the time for excuses is over, and action must begin today.