October 15, 2017


Executive summary
This report estimates the Jordanian child population aged 5‑17 years to be 4,303,384 individuals.
 Children aged 5‑11 years constitute the largest age group, representing
58.7 per cent of the total child population. Children aged 12‑14 and 15‑17 years
respectively make up 21.9 per cent and 19.4 per cent of the total population. A majority,
approximately 84 per cent, of all children reside in urban areas, most of them in Amman,Zarqa and Irbid, while 16 per cent reside in rural areas.
Approximately 75,982 children, representing 1.9 per cent of all children aged 5‑17
years are working children, paid or unpaid. Around 67,000 of these children are boys and 8,000 are girls. 
Economic activities are also relatively more common among rural
children than among urban children. Approximately 2.66 per cent of the rural child
population, and 1.73 per cent of the urban child population, are estimated to work for pay. 
While working children are relatively more prevalent in rural areas when considering the worker-population ratio, 77 per cent of all working children reside in urban areas.
Workforce participation is higher among boys than among girls across all age groups and the proportion of working children increases with age: working children constitute approximately 0.5 per cent of the child population aged 5‑11 years, the percentage increasing to 2.3 per cent for 12‑14 age group and 5.6 per cent for 15‑17 age group.
The results of the survey showed that a majority of working children are considered as classified as child labour (91.68 per cent of working children are in child labour, that is
69,661 children). The definition of child labour is based on ILO Convention No. 138
on minimum age and ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour,
taken in conjunction with the relevant clauses on youth employment in the Jordan
Labour Law No.8 of 1996.
Over 90 per cent of all children in Jordan are attending schools with no significant sex disparity. 
Disaggregated by age, school attendance is higher among younger children
and decreases with age. 95 per cent of all children aged 5‑14 years attend school, the figure for children aged 15‑17 years being notably lower at 84 per cent.
Approximately 30 per cent of all children spend at least one hour per week doing
household chores. Housework and participation in household chores is more common and extensive among working children than among non-working children. The report estimates that while about 60 per cent of all children in Jordan were participating


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