The problem of child labour has moved from a matter of regional and national concern to one of international debate and possible global persuasion and policy intervention.

It is important to start with a proper theoretical and practical understanding of the phenomenon. What gives rise to child labour, what are its consequences? What intervention might diminish child labour without hurting children? A well-meaning but poorly designed policy can exacerbate the poverty in which these labouring children live, even leading to starvation.

Child labour exists everywhere. The child is an embryonic source of every nation’s prosperity in future. If children work – the literacy rate of any nation will not enhance – poverty and unemployment ratio would never decrease. Instead of sending the children to work places, the parents should send them school.

Therefore, education must be for all.

SYED WAQAR ALI,

Karachi, December 6.