Friday, October 06, 2006
PESHAWAR: The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) has started a campaign to raise awareness about the rights of street children in collaboration with Save the Children, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK) in Peshawar.
“The project aims at raising awareness among children about their rights, protection issues and empower them to protect themselves as well as other children in the area from abuse, exploitation and providing access to psycho-social support, education, recreation, health facilities and reintegrate street children into their homes and parents,” said Jahanzeb Khan, the SPARC regional manager.
“We (NGOs) require a law on the pattern of the Punjab Borstral Schools Act and Sindh Bortsal Schools Act to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuses,” he said.
He said that the government had the responsibility to provide protection to all children, especially street children, which, he said, were the victims of various social evils. He said that according to the UN convention on children’s rights, government were required to make all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse. He said that the society was trying to promote and protect the rights of children.