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Saturday, July 4, 1998 Published at 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK

World: South Asia

Bangladesh scheme to help former child workers

Owners of garment factories in Bangladesh have joined forces with two United Nations bodies to launch a scheme to help former child labourers who've been removed from the clothing sector.

About ten thousand children under the age of fourteen were dismissed from their jobs after American campaigners against child labour threatened to boycott the industry.

Under the new scheme the children will be given primary education and training to develop future employment skills.

The UN Children's Fund says there are now no children under fourteen left in the clothing sector, which provides more than seventy per cent of Bangladesh's export income.

However an International Labour Organisation official in Dhaka says only about five percent of the country's child labour was in the garment industry

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