SPARC call for strict implementation of laws banning child labour

SPARC call for strict implementation of laws banning child labour
PESHAWAR, June 27 (APP): Regional Manager Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), Jahanzeb Khan has said that the protection of children act 2005 should be passed by the National Assembly and enforced by the Federal and Provincial assemblies for the protection of street children He said that the NWFP Destitute and Neglected Children Act 2007 should be passed from the Provincial Assembly besides ensuring free compulsory and quality education to the children. Briefing media men here on Friday, Jahanzeb Khan demanded that a network of well maintained temporary and permanent shelter homes should be established through out the country and a strong referral system be developed at national, provincial and district level.

Regional Manager SPARC said that reunification services should be streamlined for the lost and runaway children besides strictly enforcing ILO worst forms of convention 182.

He said that coordination and cooperation with media should be strengthened to meet the desired objectives apart from properly highlighting the issue.

Ijaz Khan Protection Manager said that children on street are facing several protection risks like sexual abuse, drug addiction, and commercial and sexual exploitation.

Imran Takkar Project Coordinator Street children said that SPARC has established a Drop in Center for street children in October 2006 near General Bus Stand with an objective to provide free and protected environment from all kind of abuse and exploitation.

Mr. Takkar added that around 75 runaway children were reunified with their families after giving them psycho social counseling in Drop in Center.

Besides reunification, street children are being provided facilities of education, recreational facilities, skills and information about their rights and protection from abuse and exploitation.

Till date above 300 children had befitted from the Center, while daily average 30 to 35 street children visit the Center and are being provided the facilities of education, recreation, psycho social counseling and life skills, he added.

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