IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – report on child labour (summary)

Before analyzing the text make sure to have a look at the following page for a better understanding of how to use the text to help you with your assessments: https://language-literature.com/sample-text-analysis-blog-posts/

Text: Unicef / ILO. “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward.” https://data.unicef.org/resources/child-labour-2020-global-estimates-trends-and-the-road-forward/#:~:text=63%20million%20girls%20and%2097,first%20time%20in%2020%20years.

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • The full report is an 88 page pdf – the text discussed here is the summary on the website.
  • The image at the top of the text is very powerful. It is one of the worst examples of child labour as the child is sifting through a pile of garbage. (The actual full report uses the same image on the cover).
  • The claims stated on the website are backed up by statistical evidence.
  • Although the writing style is formal / academic it does use very stark language to stress the appalling situation. Here is one example: “Child labour compromises children’s education, restricting their rights and limiting their future opportunities, and leads to vicious inter-generational cycles of poverty and child labour.”
  • The chart about halfway down the page breaks down some data in visual form and indicated a slight gender gap in child labour.
  • The website also provides link to additional resources on the topic of child labour.

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