KARACHI: On the occasion of Universal Children Day, Konpal Child Abuse Prevention Society, Pakistan Medical Association and Pakistan Paediatrics Association (PPA) jointly organized a walk from PMA to MA Jinnah road here on Wednesday with the theme of Let Every Child to Go School..
Pakistan being a signatory to Child Rights Convention (CRC) is committed to provide free primary education to all children and promote further education but the ground reality is that the enrolment of children in schools is only 56 percent. The primary school attendance is only 66.6 percent for both the sexes, a figure below estimated world average of 90 percent.
Children enrolment in primary schools is less than 72 percent and those in secondary school is even less i.e. 34 percent. With enrolment of girls both in primary and secondary school is far less than the other developing countries and neighbouring states. Large number of children is deprived of their fundamental rights. There are more than 12 million children involved in child labour, and un-estimated number of children is involved as domestic labour or living on streets. Their rights are denied and they are subjected to violence and abuse.
According to Child Rights Convention, the responsibilities lies primarily with the government, but parents in particular and society in general are also to be blamed for neglecting their children rights.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Aisha Mehnaz highlighted the importance of education and training in basis. She said: “We often speak rhetoric like “children are our future” but very little effort is being made to prepare our children to become the leader and torch bearer of tomorrow. If we do not pay attention to the children fundamental rights now, we should be prepared to face the consequences tomorrow.”
Number of doctors, including Prof Idrees Adhi, Dr Shershah Syed, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, teacher, students, professional bodies and civil society members participated in the walk which started.