Child Labour in Pakistan: Zubair Khan’s Story

Child Labour Pakistan Zubair Khan
Zubair Khan busy fixing shoes in his small workshop in Mansehra

Government and NGOs have launched numerous programmes in the last decade to reduce the incidence of child labour in the country. However, as of 2016, at least 4 million children continue to engage in child labour in Pakistan.

Zubair, a resident of Mansehra district in Khyber Pukhtunkhawa province is among the many children whose days are spent trying to earn a living for his family.

“I used to come first in my class until first grade. But then my father passed away and I was forced to leave school and start working as a cobbler to make ends meet,” shares Zubair.

Child Labour Pakistan Zubair Khan

Over 4 million children such as Zubair Khan are engaged in child Labour in Pakistan

“I polish shoes. I also repair shoes and small items such as watches to make money,” Zubair shares while engrossed in his work.

Child labour in Pakistan

Zubair hard at work at his workshop on a footpath in Mansehra

“I wish a miracle would happen and I would one day go back to school,” says Zubair as he continues to focus on repairing shoes.