PARACHINAR: Child Rights Movement coordinator Zar Ali Khan Afridi said the government should take meaningful steps to implement Article 25-A, Right to Education, in the tribal areas. He demanded it rebuild 500 schools which were destroyed in militant attacks. Afridi was speaking at a news conference at Parachinar Press Club on Wednesday about the government’s duties under Article 25-A. Afridi explained the government is responsible to provide free and compulsory education to all children between ages five and 16. Although the act is in place, it is not implemented, he added. The government should collaborate with civil society to launch an awareness campaign for parents to ensure education for all children in Fata, said Afridi. According to a survey, Fata is short of 8,844 schools based on the population ratio. He appealed to the media to play its role for the implementation of Article 25-A in Fata.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2015.
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