More than 80 street children participated in an event designed to help them express their voices and share the challenges they face every day, said a press release.
The event, titled “bolo circle”, was held in a park near F11 markaz on Wednesday. The proceedings began with a lecture on health and child protection.
The children then participated in games and face painting. They were also presented a skit by the Community Learning Centre for Children.
A health session followed, where a medical specialist weighed the children and measured their heights. They were told about nutrition, washing hands and asked questions to determine if they had been abused.
The purpose of bolo circles is to form a dialogue with these marginalized children and empower them to participate in learning activities. It aims to teach them about health and nutrition and to encourage them to learn and build upon the skills that they gain on the streets.
The event was organised by the Child Rights Network Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.