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Child Labour in Pakistan

By Muhammad Tahzeeb Mehdi - Legislative Intern SSDO |


Wordsworth has said: "The child is the father of the man." It means children grow into men in future; they are our future. Now when they are so important, we must realize what we are doing for them. Have we succeeded in providing them the basic necessities of life such as education and health care? Children hands are lubricated with oil, they are fully wet in sweat. Sometimes they cry and sometime they screams to get education. They deserves as well as desires to be a student. How did the children work?

  • Child work. Some types of work make useful, positive contributions to a child’s development, helping them learn useful skills. Often, work is also a vital source of income for their families.

  • Child labour. Child labour is not slavery, but nevertheless hinders children’s education and development. Child labour tends to be undertaken when the child is in the care of their parents.

  • Worst forms of child labour “Hazardous work” is the worst form of child labour. It irreversibly damages children’s health and development through, for example, exposure to dangerous machinery or toxic substances, and may even endanger their lives.

  • Child slavery. Child slavery is the enforced exploitation of a child for someone else’s gain, meaning the child will have no way to leave the situation or person exploiting them.


A perception that is why, they are not being given their basic right such as education, is a story of teenagers in Pakistan and other third world/ developing countries where every 1 out of 5 students/children are engaged into child labor. This important topic needs to be discussed but whose responsibility it is? Either his family can’t afford education, or his society does not empower him to get educated.


Child labor in poor countries is major issue for child education and grooming. Discussing their family situations where they are living from hand to mouth. They expresses their thoughts to their parents that they need education. It is their right to get primary/secondary education. Their proposal for education is rejected by the family that they can’t afford it. Despite of education, they are directed to earn for their existence. Then, from single digit age, a child is handed over to master where he’s taught a mechanical or any physical work. The child desires to get education but he is helpless. He seeks attention of anyone who bears his education expenses which is nearly miracle for him.


Children, especially children from disadvantaged backgrounds, are particularly vulnerable to slavery as they can be more easily manipulated or tricked than adults. They are e