The overall objective of the Child Labour Survey (CLS) in Egypt is to generate quantitative and qualitative data on labour market and children's activities, including schooling, economic and non-economic activities. Information is generated through interviews with heads of households and children aged 5-17.
The CLS specifically aims at:
- Collecting information on the character, nature, scale and causes of child labour in Egypt; and determining the conditions of work and their effects on the health, education and normal development of working children.
- Strengthening CAPMAS capacity to collect quantitative information critical for planning actions against child labour in Egypt
- Establishing a quantitative information system (database) on child labour that will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available through additional surveys and administrative records.
- Providing a comprehensive analysis of the state of working children in Egypt by identifying priority groups and patterns and analyzing working conditions and their effects on children in order to produce inputs towards developing policies and action programs for child labour elimination.
- Producing, presenting and disseminating to the Government, employers' and workers' organization, NGO's and the general public, a comprehensive National Report on Child Labour in Egypt giving the highlights of the statistical findings and results of in-depth analysis, thereby enhancing the knowledge and understanding required to promote a sustainable, multi-disciplinary campaign against child labour involves all relevant key stakeholders.
- Integrating the Egyptian data into the ILO's child labour database.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- Household composition and characteristics
- Economic activities
- Household tasks
- Perceptions on child labour
- Health and safety issues about working children
Producers and sponsors
Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics
Egypt, Arab Rep.
International Labour Organization
Technical and financial support
The survey was based on a designed sample of 30,000 households with children between the ages of 5-17 years. The sample was drawn from a master sample of about 1 million households developed by CAPMAS in early 2010, which included information about which households have children between the ages of 5 and 17 and about the schooling status of these children.
The CLS sample was selected in two stages. In the first stage, 1,500 Primary Sampling Units (PSUs) were selected from the Master Sample using equal probability sampling. In the second stage, 22 households were selected from each of the selected PSUs. Because the Master Sample was developed shortly (only 2 months) before the CLS was fielded, there was no need to update the household lists of the sample PSUs used to select the household sample.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The questionnaire consists of three main modules:
(i) An Adult Questionnaire: The adult questionnaire was administered to the most knowledgeable person in the household and includes a household roster covering the basic demographic characteristics of all household members, and more detailed questions relating to the education experience of members ages 5 and older, and the employment characteristics in a short reference period of one week and a long reference period of one year. The adult questionnaire also inquires about the participation of children 5-17 in unpaid household services and parental attitudes about children's work.
(ii) A Household Characteristics Questionnaire: The household characteristics questionnaire is also administered to the most knowledgeable individual and includes questions about housing characteristics, access to services, ownership of durable goods, livestock and land. It also inquires about any shocks the household may have been exposed to in the past twelve months and the coping mechanisms the household adopted in the face of these shocks.
(iii) A Child Questionnaire: The Child Questionnaire was administered to children 5-17 themselves and includes questions relating to their schooling and vocational training experience as well as their employment experience in the past week and their participation in unpaid household services. The main topic addressed in the Child Questionnaire that has no direct counterpart in the Adult Questionnaire relates to the health and safety conditions of children's work, a subject that is crucial in distinguishing between children's permissible work and child labour.
Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics. Egypt, Arab Rep. National Child Labour Survey (CLS) 2010. Ref. EGY_2010_CLS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.