The Child Welfare Bureau (CWB) arranged a seminar addressing children’s rights issues in the district on Tuesday. According to CWB officials, the seminar means to highlight social welfare issues as well as tackling the basic rights of children such as schooling and safety.
Child Protection officer Fiza Gardezi said that her department was dealing with issues such as child beggary and education as well as addressing issues pertaining to child abuse and sexual assault.
The seminar touched upon several themes and the participants made presentations about various child rights abuses that needed to be curtailed in the district. “We have been speaking about the public schooling system and invited several Education officials. There have been complaints by dozens of parents that government schools are without teachers and some basic facilities,” she said.
Traffic officials, police officials and health department officials also attended the seminar. “We need to work together to make this country better for children to live in. This means that these departments will need to collaborate with regards to children’s issues,” she added.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2011.