A press release issued by the Society for Protection of Rights of the Child (Sparc) said on Wednesday that members of the Child Rights Club of Government Middle School Takiya Sangan in Peshawar visited the drop in centre of the society for the street children where the function was held. The club children said that lack of seriousness on the part of government towards enrolment and child labour was the main reason for the low literacy rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The function was organised by the Sparc drop in centre. The club children said that the government had already declared education as a fundamental right of every individual under the 18th amendment.
They said that the street children should know about the importance of education and join schools during the ongoing enrolment campaign announced by the Elementary and Secondary Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The street children demanded of the provincial government that all the required facilities should provided so that out of school children could avail of the opportunities of education.
Sparc programme manager Imran Takkar said that child rights fell under the domain of the provinces and the government should formulate a law and take administrative measures to increase literacy rate in the country.
Khalid Mahmood, the drop in centre’s manager, thanked the club children for visiting the centre in order to motivate street children for linking to school. The seminar attended by street children and child rights club ended with the message “ensure literacy, eradicate poverty”.