Establishment of Accelerated Learning Centers for Out of School Girls in Shikarpur
LRF has launched subject project during 2020 and has established 70 Accelerate Learning Centers in Shikarpur, Sindh Pakistan. These centers, through 90 Learning Facilitators (female teachers) and 04 Social Mobilizers, are providing educational opportunities to 2,250 out-of-school girls from semi-urban and rural areas of diverse demographics (ethnic and religious minorities, marginalized groups and families with low income), with special consideration given to physically challenged girls with special needs of learning who were drop out of school due to these challenges. Contextualized social mobilization strategy is being utilized to address specific needs of children from diverse demographics by including people from various backgrounds in planning and execution of mobilization drives. The model will be built upon existing programs, infrastructure, policies, and frameworks while by also engaging in innovative programming
to tackle the issue of early child marriages and overcoming other barriers to girls’ education like poverty, cultural norms, violence, female mobility and gender inequality. This Accelerated Learning Program is being implemented in collaboration with Non-Formal Education Directorate of Sindh Education and Literacy Department (SELD), Government of Sindh.
Establishment of Child Protection Units in Sindh
LRF’s “Child Rights, Protection and Governance Program” focuses on promotion of child rights and child protection including ending violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect against children. LRF advocates and works for policy change besides providing practical support/assistance to the government for establishment of child protection systems at all level.
LRF has recently established Child Protections Units (CPUs) in selected districts (Jacobabad, Larkana, Dadu and Shikarpur) of Sindh. The main aim has been to make sure that the Protection Mechanisms (institutional and community based) are in place to prevent and respond to the violence against children in all settings. The CPUs are focusing on Physical and Humiliating Punishment (PHP) with interventions about bringing appropriate legislation for banning the corporal punishment in all settings in Sindh. LRF is working with
educational institutes, teachers and parents on positive disciplining to reduce the incidents of corporal punishment for improving prevention and response mechanisms to child protection violations; and building the informal and formal child protection systems at community, district and provincial level where every child is protected from violence and exploitation.
Achievements July 2019-December 2019.
- Signed MOU with Sindh Child Protection Authority (SCPA) of Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh.
- Child Protection Unit was established at District Jacobabad in 2019.
- Child Protection Desks at Police, Women Development, Health and Education Departments were established in District Jacobabad.
- Case Management Process at CPU is going on – so far 780 cases of child protection have been dealt by the CPU in District Jacobabad during July 2019- December 2019.
- Child Rights Advocacy Network (CRAN) has been formed in collaboration and participation of local CSOs in Jacobabad and it has started CP support activities of advocacy and awareness raising in District Jacobabad.
- LRF carried out capacity building of CRAN member organizations to facilitate their effective role in reducing child rights violations in District Jacobabad.
- CRAN is creating awareness on children rights and raising voice against child protection issues.
- CRAN have developed and is implementing its Annual Action Plan.
- 50 Children Clubs (CCs) (25 women and 25 men) have been formed and strengthened in District Jacobabad.
- 50 Community Organization (25 women and 25 men) for Child Protection Committees formed and strengthened in District Jacobabad.
- Office bearers and members of CCs and COs have been capacitated on child rights, child protection, child safeguarding, monitoring and referral mechanism in District Jacobabad.
- One day Training of Leaders and Co-leaders have been conducted on positive disciplining in District Jacobabad.
- Conducted Child Rights Situation Analysis (CRSA) in District Jacobabad as baselines in 2019 to determine the state of child rights and child protection issues in the district.
- LRF conducted Pre-KAP (Knowledge, Aptitude and Practices) survey in Jacobabad District to determine the status of corporal punishment or physical and humiliated punishment (PhP) of children at homes, schools and other care institutes.
- Inter-departmental coordination mechanism is in place and the Inter- departmental Protocol has been signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Jacobabad.
- LRF team members held meeting with higher officials of SCPA and Government line departments for their sensitization on resolution of child protection issues.
- Coordination Committee on Child Protection headed by DC under (SCPA Act 2011) has been activated in Jacobabad district.
- helpline number “1121” for registering child protection cases has been made functional for Jacobabad district.
Citizens Watch Program on SDGs 2030 by Pakistan Development Alliance (LRF as Sindh Secretariat)
LRF has been selected as Sindh Secretariat of the Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDA) during October 2019. The PDA launched a SDGs Citizens’ Watch Program with the aims to sensitize citizens and stakeholders on SDGs implementation processes and progress by ensuring capacity building and realizing social accountability and risk management. PDA has selected SDGs for development of Score Cards such as SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing); Goal 4 (quality education); Goal 05(gender equality); Goal 10 (reduce inequalities) and Goal 16 (peace justice and strong institutions).
There are four target areas of PDA:
- Civil Society Organizations;
- Young Volunteers;
- Local Government Representatives;
- Parliamentarians SDGs Task Forces including key decision makers.
The main objective is to sensitize the community and community influential on SDGs; to enhance the role of citizens in achievement of SDGs; to identify key achievements and grey areas in the implementation of SDGs at national & provincial constituency and district levels and to facilitate legislatures and policy makers to work on new legislations and policy reforms based on the findings of the score cards towards the achievement of SDGs.
The SDGs Citizens’ Watch Program aims to win citizens attention towards collective and inclusive decision making, increased transparency, rule of law and access to justice, protection of fundamental freedoms, empowering citizens & civic spaces, strengthening local governance, combating religious extremism, ensuring access to information and peaceful societies that have remained under stress despite continuous efforts of the subsequent governments. The Program is anticipated to have citizens that are combating inequalities; ending gender-based violence; avoiding early child and forced marriages, child abuse, rising poverty and hunger; having provision of basic social amenities and decent working environment and economic growth opportunities.
- 02 representatives form LRF, on behalf of PDA Sindh Secretariat, participated in the capacity building workshops on SDGs 2030.
- LRF has conducted 08 Orientation Sessions to create awareness among communities on SDGs 2030 and reached out 163 participants including 50% women.
- LRF capacitated 11 members of Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs-Sindh on SDGs Citizens’ Score Card & ParliamentaryOversight Mechanisms.
- 100 SDGs Score Cards were filled from Government and opposition constituencies. It helped to understand the efforts made by government and opposition on SDGs.
- 02 representatives form LRF participated in National Conference on SDGs in Islamabad which as National Launch of the Score Card recommendations.
Youth Mobilization and Awareness for Policy Impact in Sindh
Since youth, being around 60% of our population, is very important segment of society who will handle the country in future, LRF believes that it is important to create healthy, friendly and enabling environment for youth development and we anticipate that as a result of supporting environment, most of youth will be literate and skilled who will easily find jobs or carryout businesses to reduce poverty and bring about peaceful and prosperous society in the country.
LRF is implementing a project on Youth Mobilization and Empowerment project in Sindh in collaboration with VSO and the Sports & Youth Affairs Department-Government of Sindh.
The project is about youth mobilization and raising awareness among youth to know the Sindh Youth Policy and their rights as being youth, and enhancing cooperation and working with the Government of
Sindh and Sports & Youth Affairs Department-Sindh with an objective to help creating equal opportunities for all youth to participate in Pakistan’s Social, Political, Legal and Economic Development.
Specific objectives of the project are:
- To mobilise and sensitise youth on their rights and empowerment
- To engage and facilitate the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh in dissemination of Sindh Youth Policy and its implementation
- To create awareness among youth in Sindh about the Sindh Youth Policy and their role
- To create healthy, friendly and enabling environment for youth development
- 611 (394 male and 217 female) Youth in Sindh were mobilized, capacitated and linked with the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs along with its departments.
- Two days capacity building workshop of youth leaders was conducted around governmental structures and policy making process.
- A series of Orientation/Awareness Sessions were held in Karachi and Interior Sindh in which more than 500 youth were engaged across Sindh.
- In meantime, an assessment was conducted to know perception of youth on Polio and in this exercise 200 youth participants were engaged who filled a pre-designed questionnaire.
- The Sindh Youth Policy was translated into Urdu and Sindhi languages and designed Policy in Urdu and Sindhi was handed over to Youth Affairs Department, GoS.
- An advocacy event with policy makers and officials of youth related state institutions in Sindh was held in Karachi.
- Designed & Printed of 1000 copies Sindh Youth Policy and 1100 copies of Posters and distributed among youth and stakeholders.
Capacity Building of Civil Society Organizations on CVE Laws in Sindh
Legal Rights Forum (LRF) is implementing a project on “Capacity Building of Civil Society Organizations on CVE laws” such as Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016, Sindh Temporary Residents Act and Witness Protection Act, etc. that focus on the implementation of the National Action Plan (NA). LRF will mobilize and train 62 CBOs in Sindh on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) laws and their implementation in selected districts of Sindh i.e. Karachi, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Khairpur and Sukkur.
Despite the existence of these laws and policies, they are not being implemented with vigor and key civil society stakeholders such as community-based organizations, community leaders, youth, informal community structures/networks are not aware of them. If these actors are equipped with knowledge of the government’s stance on VE and the relevant laws enacted to protect them from VE threats, they will be more confident in identifying and reporting VE issues in their communities that can be addressed through the enforcement of CVE laws and holding relevant government authorities accountable for their implementation.
Under this project, LRF will identify groups/organizations who have formal, informal structures and community-based organizations from CRA target areas. These CBOs will be further capacitated with an understanding of CVE laws and implementation guidelines. In this regard, LRF is organizing “Baithak” sessions for brainstorming on “Peacebuilding Situation and the Role of CBOs”. Later a two-day training workshops will be conducted for the capacity building of selected organizations. These beneficiaries will then disseminate their knowledge in their communities through advocacy based social action plans such as awareness sessions.
- To increase understanding of targeted actors on CVE laws and build their capacity to implement CVE initiatives.
- To increase civil society’s capacity to organize and advocate for CVE.
- To increase broad-based citizen engagement in community decision making.
The Project will involve 186 members of selected CBOs from Sindh with 30 per cent female i.e. 55 female beneficiaries. Indirect beneficiaries will include the participants of the Community Seminars on SAPs (50 participants x 15 SAPs = 750) and more than 100 participants of 02 Advocacy and Knowledge Sharing Seminars, including MPAs who will attend the seminars.