World day against child labour in Pakistan is on June 12 (today).
Child labour in Pakistan is a deeply entrenched and pressing phenomenon. Child labor in Pakistan is prevalent in all sectors of the economy, though it primarily exists in the informal sector of employment and home-based industry. Pakistan’s high population growth of around 1.6% poses multiple challenges and threatens to constrain limited resources and social and economic development of the country.
According to a survey related to child labour in Pakistan, half of Pakistani children are involved in it. 42.5% is the exact figure for child labour in the country. 3.8 million children in the age group of five to 14 years are working in our country out of a total of 40 million children. 50% of these economically active children are in the age group of five to nine years.
53% male while 46% female children, instead of going to school are working in the country. The attendance of children in schools at primary level is very low almost 44% remained out of school for child labour.
Pakistani government has made policies for providing free elementary education to children but they need a strict implementation to address the issue. Also, other stakeholders of the issue especially Child Parliament, ILO, UNICEF, Media and NGO’s have to work in tandem to create awareness for the rights of the children.