Wordsworth has said: “The child is father or the man. ” Children are our future. Now when they are so important, we must realize what are doing for them. Have we succeeded in providing them the basic necessities of life such as education and health care? Although the government NGOs and other organizations are busy in solving the problem of child labour yet nothing seems to have come out of their work. Poverty is the main case of this failure. The poor parents are forced to push their children into practical life at an early age.
Such children face a life of hardship and deprivation. When a child in addition to getting education, earns his livelihood, this act of earning a livelihood is called as child Labour Children can be seen working everywhere. They work in small hotels, tea-stalls, as domestic servants, sweeping floors in small industrial workshops, office boys and staff assistants. They are seen cleaning cars parked on roads, polishing shoes, selling goods and many other such odd jobs. There are about two million Families in Pakistan living in bondage in various sectors.
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Of these nearly eight million are children. The main sectors in which the children are made to work are the agriculture sector, the brick kiln industry, carpet weaving and domestic service. These children earn money for their families. They are deprived of the joy of childhood. They cannot go to school to get education. Because of continuous overwork they fall a victim to various diseases. I know one boy, his name is Tahir he is Just like one of those child being forsed to do work and leave his education and childhood. Tahir.
There is a shop in my neighborhood i often go there for shopping, the owner of that shop is my friend, there is a boy name “Tahir” who works there. He is only sixteen years old. One day i ask my friend that i want to ask Tahir some questions . After that some time Tahir refuses to talk to me but at least when i insist strongly he agreed. So my friend arranges a meeting for me wuth him. Interview of Tahir, First i asked him some questions about him, he answered that very politely but when i asked questuions about his family and his qualification he feel embarrassing and uncomfertable with that question.
So hen i told him over child labour and i want him to answer my question without any hesitation. Tahir’s Qualifications, I asked him about his qualification; He told me that he studied only till fourth standard. He can read urdu but finds it very hard to read it without any help. He told me that he can only write one word and that is his name so i ask him to write his name so he worte his name on a paper but his handwiting was like a baby because it was very bad handwriting, School Days, He told me that he was a very bright student and a favourt of all teachers because of his abilities.
He told me an incident about his scholl life that he was chosen for speech on iqbal day he was very excited about that bhut God had other plans for him he was preparing his speech and suddenly his father had an accident nad he had to leave school. End of childhood and Education, When his father had an accident after that he was the one who have to leave school, he told me that on that ocasion he thought that his dreams had shatered and his life is ruined. His family asked him to work on a shop so he could earn some money and fulfill his family’s needs.
First day in prectical life, He was only eleven years old and he had to leave his school, his dreams, and his friends. He told me that one of his relative leave him on that shop in the morning, he was feeing so affraid on that time but shopkeaper was a known person to him so he asked Tahir to sit on a chair and observe the work of shopkeaper and other boy who was working on that shop so he will learn the work very soon. It has been five years he is working on that shop, his father is well now but he is finding it very hard to find a job.
Current Circumstances of his Family, Tahir’s income is only five thousand that is not enough for a family of 6 members. He told me that his income is very low so his younger brother also had to leave his school and do work on that shop too. Tahir told me that when his younger brother leave his study, he feels very sad and disgust because he did’nt to ruin his brothers life too. Dreams of a child, Tahir told me he still wants to study but now in this circumstances it is very hard for him to fulfill his dreams.
But he is very hopefull that he will do work very hard so his next generation will be educated. A child in Adult’s World, Tahir is a 16 year old boy but he is living in a world full of smokers and diffrent kind of people it is not hard to imagin that in his all day on that shop he had to deal all kind of people and those people affect on his personality development. Conclusion, Children are the flowers of heaven. They are the most beautiful and purest creation of God. They are innocent both inwardly and outwardly. No doubt, they are the beauty of this world.
Early in the morning when the children put on different kinds of clothes and begin to go to schools for the sake of knowledge, we feel a specific kind of joy through their innocence. But there are also other children, those who cannot go to schools due to financial problems, they only watch others go to schools and can merely wish to seek knowledge. It is due to many hindrances and difficulties; desperate conditions that they face in life. Having been forced to kill their aspirations, dreams and other wishes, they are pressed to earn a living for themselves and for their families.
It is also a fact that there are many children who play a key role in sustaining the economically life of their family without which, their families would not be able to make ends meet. These are also part of our society who have forgotten the pleasures of their childhood. According to statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Statistics last year, 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. Fifty per cent of these economically active children are in the age group of five to nine years.
Even out of these 3.8 million children, 2. 7 million were claimed to be working in the agricultural sector. About 2,400,000 (73 per cent) of them were said to be boys. The law says that primary education is compulsory for everyone, but we all know that actions speak louder than words. The government should supply free books to government schools and should make the level of government schools at par with that of private schools so that condition of equality exists. The government should take notice of child labour as well and take strict action against those responsible so that the future of Pakistan becomes safe
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