50% children out of schools

50% children out of schools: minister

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz said on Monday that half of children population was out of schools in Pakistan, adding that society would be sensitised on child issues so as to ensure protection of child rights enshrined in UN charter.

The minister said that on the occasion of Universal Children Day falling on November 20, here at her office. Social Welfare Secretary Dr Shireen Mustafa, Social Welfare Deputy Director Muhammad Raheem Lakho, Child Welfare Deputy Director Fozia Masoom and others attended the meeting.

Shamim said children are our future and called upon civil society and parents in particular to play their role in protecting children rights and imparting best possible education and training to children to enable them to face the challenges of modern era.

She directed officers to make arrangements for celebrating child week from 14th November in connection with Universal Children Day falling on November 20th adding that seminars, walks, workshops, sports and speech competition should be organised to create awareness on child protection issues at district level throughout province.

In this regard, she said that banners, pamphlets, posters and awareness campaign on print and electronic media should also be initiated. She also directed to select a wall in each district of the province, and children should be asked to pen UN Child protection articles on it.

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