Back in time

In the 19th century many children in the Netherlands had to work, simply because otherwise their families would not have had enough money to pay the rent and buy food. Sending a child to school was very expensive. Many families could not afford to do this. Sometimes a family would decide to send a child to school, which would allow him or her to earn a higher wage in the future. Often, however, that was not possible and children just carried on working. Families were faced with difficult choices. Find out for yourself what this was like.

Everyone helps out
In this game you get down to work: everyone helps out with the ploughing, harrowing and haymaking. Choices have to be made: Can you afford to send a child to school? Would that leave you with enough to eat? How much of a risk are you prepared to take? At the end of the three rounds you will find out how you fared. Have you survived the 19th century?

Child labour
It was not until the 20th century that child labour was made illegal in the Netherlands and all children were able to go to school. Parents were not able to bring about this change on their own. Only after the government introduced laws and regulations did child labour disappear from the Netherlands. Unfortunately, it still exists in many parts of the world. In these regions parents face the same choices that parents in the Netherlands faced in days gone by. We can only put an end to child labour if everyone (parents, factory managers, the government, the church and schools) works together to enable children to go to school. Development organisations (such as HIVOS) help countries put these kinds of partnerships in place.