The Webinar was collaborated by the Save the Children, Sindh Child Protection Authority (SCPA), and the Ministry of Labour-Sindh. The Webinar aimed to create awareness among all stakeholders about the negative impacts of Child Labour; and highlight and understand the reasons why related Laws in Sindh are failing to eliminate child labour.
Pakistan needs to do much more to ensure access to education and mandatory education for all, experts argued at a Webinar on Child Labour held in Karachi today which concluded that helping children to stay in schools is key to ending child labour in the country.
The Webinar was chaired by Ms. Shamim Mumtaz, MPA & Chairperson SCPA, Social Welfare Department, Sindh. In her keynote speech, she said that Sindh Government has done record legislation and developed rules of business (ROBs) and now we are seriously taking up steps for effective implementation of laws. She was quite optimist that Sindh Government will also take lead in eliminating child labour from the province. She offered her full support on behalf of SCPA to Labour and Non-formal Education Department to cater out of school children in Sindh.
Mr. Tahir Iqbal Malik CEO-LRF welcomed the participants and informed the house that LRF prioritizes Child Rights, Protection and Education for All. He shared that LRF is member of The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children which is a unique public-private collaboration that includes United Nations and other child rights international organizations. He said that LRF is also an active implementing partner of Save the Children International with whom LRF is currently implementing Child Rights, Protection and Non-Formal Education projects in five districts of Sindh.
Ms. Tania Atzaz, Sr. Programme Manager, Save the Children presented opening remarks. She appreciated LRF’s spot on initiatives for the rights and protection of children in Pakistan. For the sustainability of actions, she emphasized effective legislation and its true implementation at the ground level. Ms. Tania shared the progress made by the Save the Children at the national as well Sindh Province level and she welcomed progressive management of Sindh Government to work together for eliminating all kinds of violations against the children in Sindh.
Mr. Abdul Rasheed Solangi, Secretary, Labour & Human Resources Department, Government of Sindh, while concluding the discussion, said that Sindh Government is committed to elimination of child labour and provide children the education. He shared that, in a pilot project, Sindh Government intervened successfully in Jamshoro district which has currently zero child labour. He said that Government is currently planning to target rehabilitation of 6 million out of school children in Sindh. He welcomed civil society groups to join hands with the Government of Sindh.
Ms. Saba Mahmood, Director, Sindh Education & Literacy Department, Government of Sindh; Ms. Shahpara Rizvi, Director, Sindh Education Foundation; Mr. Iqbal Ahmed Detho, Member-Sindh, National Commission on the Rights of Child; Mr. Shahid Shafiq, Sr. Faculty Member, Sindh Judicial Academy; Ms. Saima Qadeer, Strategic Program Manager, Group Development Pakistan; Mr. Mujtaba Malik, Child Activist, URAAN Youth Club and Ms. Mehwish Hina, Program Officer, LRF also spoke at the event.